While some celebrated the ball dropping or stayed home to drink with friends, others were grabbing their gats and opening fire. With shootings reported in both New York and Chicago, it's obvious that the dreaded year 2016 wasn't going to go down easy.
The Chicago Tribune reports that "three people were killed and 15 others were wounded during the first six hours of the year ... In total, four people were killed and 24 other people were wounded in separate shootings from New Year's Eve to early Sunday." Police are still investigating each situation carefully and have not drawn any firm conclusions about the causes of the incidents.
Meanwhile, in New York five separate shootings occurred on New Year's day. The New York Post details the unrelated incidents and notes that "all of the shooting victims suffered non-life threatening injuries."
Things could have been far worse, though. The New York Post also reported on an incident in which an "unhinged" man managed to steal the guns of three cops shortly after celebrations began dissipating in Times Square. He was caught after failing to loosen a firearm from another officer's holster and taken to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and (hopefully) treatment.
Let's hope the new year doesn't continue as violently.