At least nine people have died and two dozen others have been injured after shootings in three cities USA.
The shootings on Saturday night and Sunday morning were the latest outbreaks of gun violence that have left lawmakers scrambling to address the crisis.
Wave of shootings in the United States
In Philadelphia, a confrontation between two men Saturday night turned into a shootout that fired bullets through a busy district of bars and restaurants, killing three people, injuring 12 and sparking panic as people tried to flee, the police said. policeman.
Similarly, a shooting broke out after midnight near a bar in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing three people and wounding 14, according to police.
In another shooting in the early hours of Sunday, three people were killed and two wounded in Saginaw, Michigan, WEYI television reported, citing a police statement.
Unlike the other two cases, which involved bystanders unrelated to the shooting, all five people in the Michigan shooting were involved in the incident, police said. No suspects were reported in custody as of Sunday night in any of the shootings.
The violence struck as communities in three other cities are still mourning the massacres that killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York; 21 victims at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas; and four people in a medical building in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The brazen nature of the Philadelphia shooting left officials horrified. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called it “horrendous, despicable and pointless,” while Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said, “We are absolutely devastated.”
As we report in AmericanPost.News, police believe two men got into a fight and began shooting at each other, with one of them being shot to death. A police officer observed the other gunman firing into the crowd and shot him.
The attacker dropped his weapon, as police believe he was hit by the officer, but escaped into the crowd. The dead were 22, 27 and 34 years old, while the ages of the injured ranged from 17 to 69 years.
In Chattanooga, three people were killed and 14 wounded by multiple gunshots, authorities said. Two died from gunshot wounds and a third died after being hit by a vehicle while fleeing.
Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy asked for the public’s help, asking witnesses to call a tip line.
In Michigan, Saginaw police reported they were called to a scene where two men were pronounced dead and a woman was transported to the hospital where she died of her injuries. Two other men were being treated for gunshot wounds.
The United States registers 240 shootings so far in 2022
There have been at least 240 mass shootings in the US so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group. It defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are shot, excluding the gunman.
US President Joe Biden has called on Congress to ban assault weapons, expand background checks and implement other gun control measures to address the spate of mass shootings.
On Sunday, he renewed his call for restrictions on semi-automatic rifles. “If we can’t ban assault weapons like we should, we should at least raise the age to buy assault weapons to 21,” he tweeted.
A CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday shows 62 percent of Americans support a nationwide ban on semi-automatic rifles. Support is even stronger for background checks on all gun buyers (81 percent) and “red flag” laws (72 percent).
Chris Murphy, the leading Democratic United States Senator who works on bipartisan talks on gun safety, said Sunday that he believes a package that includes investments in mental health and school safety and some changes to gun laws can pass Congress.
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