At least 13 killed, dozens injured in weekend mass shootings across US: ‘Horrible and unthinkable’

At least 13 killed, dozens injured in weekend mass shootings across US: ‘Horrible and unthinkable’

At least 13 people were killed and more than two dozen injured in multiple mass shootings across the United States over the weekend as lawmakers struggle to respond to the country’s long epidemic of gun violence.

The shootings came after a series of massacres that sparked renewed calls for the reform of national gun laws.

An eruption of violence in Chattanooga, TN On Sunday, 14 people were shot, two killed, while another person died and two others were injured after being hit by fleeing vehicles, Police Chief Celeste Murphy said, adding that ” several” victims remained in critical condition.

The pre-dawn incident happened near a nightclub.

In Philadelphia on Saturday, two men and a woman were killed when several people opened fire on a crowd in a popular South Street nightlife area.

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A pedestrian walks past bullet holes in a store window on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 5, 2022.

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said one of the victims got into a fight with another man, which may have been the cause of the shooting. The other two were innocent bystanders, she told reporters.

Outlaw called it “a dark day for Philadelphia”.

“While many of us were enjoying the beautiful day in the city, a horrific and unthinkable act happened at a very popular local tourist spot,” she said.

In Saginaw, Michigan, three people were killed and two others injured in a shooting Sunday, WNEM reported, citing police.

In Clarendon County, South Carolina, five teenagers and a 12-year-old child were among seven people injured in a filming at a graduation party Saturday that killed an adult, police said in a statement.

And in Arizona, two men were killed and two others injured after a shooting outside a Mesa bar early Sunday, and one person was killed and eight others were injured in a shooting Saturday at a mall commercial in Phoenix, police said.

Gun attacks are common in America, but the shock of the recent mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York and a primary school in Uvalde, Texas – which killed 10 and 21 people respectively – sparked calls for action.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy has worked with a bipartisan group of senators on reform measures – a heavyweight with Republicans consistently rejecting most forms of gun control.

Senator Murphy said Sunday that the group hopes to craft a legislative package that attracts at least 10 Republican votes in addition to the support expected from nearly all Democrats.

“I think the possibility of success is better than ever,” he told CNN.

The emerging package, he said, would likely include “significant investment in mental health, funds for school safety and small but impactful changes to gun laws”, including an expansion of background checks on gun buyers.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee police hold a news conference on a shooting that killed three people and injured 14 others on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

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“Congress needs to do its job and pass some common sense regulation that will help put an end to this nonsense,” an angry Chattanooga mayor, Tim Kelly, told reporters.

He called for “mandatory background checks and a ban on high-capacity magazines that allow shooters to injure dozens of people without even having to reload.”

In addition to massacres in Texas and New York, recent weeks have seen mass shootings at a hospital in Oklahoma and a church in California.

While Republicans have successfully blocked most gun control efforts for years, some have recently come out in favor of change.

In conservative, gun-loving Texas, more than 250 self-described gun enthusiasts, including donors to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, have signed an open letter supporting bipartisan gun reform efforts, a reported the Dallas Morning News.

The letter, published as a full-page newspaper ad, endorsed an expansion of background checks, raising the age to buy guns to 21 and creating “red flag” laws intended to keep the firearms of people considered to be at risk of violence. .

President Joe Biden called last week for new gun control legislation. On Sunday, he renewed his call for restrictions on semi-automatic rifles.

“If we can’t ban assault weapons like we should, we need to at least raise the age to buy assault weapons to 21,” he tweeted.

A CBS News/YouGov Poll published on Sunday shows that 62% of Americans support a nationwide ban on semi-automatic rifles. Support is even higher for background checks on all gun buyers (81%) and “red flag” laws (72%).

Gun violence in the United States has killed more than 18,000 people so far in 2022, including nearly 10,300 suicides, according to Gun Violence Archive.

The wave of violence comes a week after nine people were killed and several dozen were injured in multiple mass shootings over Memorial Day weekend, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

The online archive tracks incidents of gun violence in the United States, including mass shootings, which it defines as having at least four victims shot, injured or killed by gunfire – not including the shooter.

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