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Chaotic 2020 Yields Fewer Mass Shootings 

The number of public mass shootings in the U.S. during a year of COVID-19 is the lowest in more than a decade, with just two incidents in which four people died, not including the shooter. One expert says potential killers may be dissuaded because “lots of people now are suffering, not just them.”

Is COVID Fueling an Increase in Carjacking?

A sharp rise in carjackings around the country — the number doubled in Chicago this year and increased by 537 percent in Minneapolis — may be tied to the “anonymity” provided by masks during the pandemic. “There’s this anonymity part of the pandemic that I think a lot of criminals are taking advantage of,” says Chris Hermann, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.