A Month-Long Wave of Mass Shootings Rattles Communities
TThe U.S. witnessed three mass shootings over the Easter weekend, the culmination of a spate of violence that had raged for a month in gun violence.
Gunfires have rattled major population centers like Dallas, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, California. However, it has also shaken smaller communities including Hampton County (South Carolina), which has 18,000 residents, and Dumas (Arkansas, with about 4,000).
Take a look at the most important shootings
DALLAS, February 19
Ten teens were gunned down at a Dallas spring break party. Many others suffered injuries trying to flee from the chaos. An 18-year old man was one of those injured and later succumbed to his injuries. The shooting took place at The Space Dallas. Joe Morgan was an event control worker and said that he heard shots being fired outside and then saw victims with gunshot wounds in their chests, arms, and legs.
DUMAS Arkansas March 19
More than two dozen people were hurt and one man was killed when two people got into a gunfight during a car show that’s part of an annual community event. Gunfire was used to spray innocent passers-by, including children. Two of the victims were younger than 2, Arkansas State Police Col. Bill Bryant explained.
DALLAS, 3 April
Gunfire from a concert on an outdoor field resulted in one death and fifteen injuries. According to Eddie Garcia, the Dallas Police Chief, these victims were aged 13-29 years old. One person fired a gun into the air, then an argument broke out and another person fired in the crowd’s direction, Garcia said. The event didn’t have a permit, he said.
SACRAMENTO (California), April 3
Sacramento Police said that six people died and twelve were injured in gunfight between five rival gang members outside bars just blocks away from the Capitol. As terrified people fled for their lives, more than 100 gunshots were heard through the streets. Some others were also hit with bullets. The police said that they could identify at least five gunmen but it’s possible there might have been many more. According to police, at most two gangs were involved.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 10
Cedar Rapids saw a shooting at a nightclub that was packed. One man and one woman were killed and 10 more were injured in the incident. Police said that more than 100 people were in the Taboo Nightclub & Lounge when the shooting occurred. Police said officers assisted in treating the injured and used their squad cars for several patients to be rushed to hospital.
NEW YORK CITY, April 12
Ten commuters were injured when a gunman opened fire on a Brooklyn subway car. The train car was also damaged by the smoke bombs. After a 30-hour manhunt, police arrested a suspect near a McDonald’s on Manhattan’s Lower East Side after a tip led them there. YouTube videos were part of evidence. The suspect was ranting about racism, violence, and his mental health struggles.
COLUMBIA South Carolina April 16
A gunman opened fire at a busy shopping mall in South Carolina’s capital city, wounding nine people, police said. Five others were also injured as they tried to escape the Columbiana Centre. Columbia Police Chief W.H. said that although the victims were ranging in age between 15 and 73 years old, none of them sustained injuries which could be considered serious. “Skip” Holbrook said Saturday. Investigators think the people responsible are close friends, so others weren’t hurt when they shot at each other.
HAMPTON COUNTY South Carolina, April 16
At least nine victims were injured in a shooting incident at a club. The attack happened at Cara’s Lounge in Hampton County, according to South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division. Hampton County lies approximately 80 miles (130 km) west Charleston.
PITTSBURGH (April 17)
A shooting broke out in the middle of a party held at a short-term rental home. Two teenagers were shot and killed, while eight others were injured. Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said there was gunfire both inside and outside the rental home, “potentially back and forth.” Bullet casings found at the scene indicated handguns and one rifle were used, he said. Police suspect that there were several shooters.
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