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Daily Bulletin: Amid Bumpy Reopening, America Has Two Active Shootings in 12 Hours

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NEW from THE TRACE: Chicago doubled its street outreach workers. Memorial Day weekend could prove pivotal. This year, a holiday associated with high shooting numbers could preview the intensity of the violence the city may face as warmer weather coincides with the easing of stay-at-home restrictions. To try to quell conflicts before they lead to gunfire, prevention groups will dispatch nearly 400 outreach workers to 72 locations considered hotspots for gun violence. It’s a repeat of the playbook they followed last year, when the majority of blocks where a violence interrupter was present did not record a shooting, according to an analysis. The Chicago Police Department did not respond to questions about its own plans for the coming long weekend. Lakeidra Chavis has the story.

Amid an uneasy reopening, America had two active shootings in 12 hoursHere’s the latest on the incidents: A man wearing body armor opened fire at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas shortly after dawn on Thursday, striking a sailor who was wearing a protective vest. The victim was released from the hospital later in the day, according to Navy officials. Security officers on the scene shot and killed the gunman. An FBI official described the investigation as “terrorism-related” and said a second suspect may still be at large. In Glendale, Arizona, police revealed more about the shooter arrested after wounding three people at a popular mall: The suspect is a 20-year-old man who used an AR-15-style rifle and told officers he scoped out the scene before the attack and planned to shoot at least 10 people. Prosecutors say he described himself as an “incel,” a member of an online community united in their hatred of the women. Several mass shooters have been linked to the subculture, The Trace reported last year.

Away from the headlines, one city saw seven shootings in just nine hours. The brutal tally came late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning in Kansas City, Missouri. There were no deaths, but several life-threatening injuries, the police said. Kansas City has seen a rise in both homicides and nonfatal shootings this year, matching surges in other cities and a national uptick that has made gun violence an exception to the coronavirus crime drop. More: A 4-year old boy was fatally shot in Detroit. Two teenagers have been killed by guns this week in Miami.

Third man charged in Ahmaud Arbery shooting. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested the 50-year-old man who recorded the February killing of the unarmed jogger. He was charged with felony murder and criminal intent to commit false imprisonment. The white father and son who pursued Arbery through their Satilla Shores neighborhood were charged with murder and aggravated assault earlier this month.

Virginia allocates nearly $3 million for community gun violence prevention. The closing of the state’s two-year budget officially confirmed the state grant program, which passed the General Assembly in March. The money will go to evidence-based initiatives and conduct community assessments for youth and gang violence prevention programs in five cities. Virginia joins eight other states to use public funds to support community-based prevention efforts.

Armed anti-quarantine demonstrators gathered in Montana. About 60 people, some of them wielding assault-style rifles, gathered in Helena on Wednesday to voice their dissatisfaction with the speed of Governor Steve Bullock’s phased reopening of the state. Armed protesters have now joined rallies seeking to force an end to stay-at-home orders in a number of states. Tensions are flaring in both directions. A school board member in a small Pennsylvania town has resigned after threatening to shoot anyone who came within six feet of her or her family while not wearing a mask.

DATA POINT

Yesterday’s shooting in Corpus Christi was the 13th shooting on a U.S. military base in the last decade and the third in the span of 12 months. — The Trace