Weapons in the United States: 7 people killed, 45 injured in ten mass shootings over the weekend
From Friday evening, June 18 to June 20, 10 mass shootings took place in the United States. They killed 7 people and at least 45 were injured. According to police, the victims included two children, a 10-year-old and a 15-year-old. Writes about it CNN.
The previous weekend (June 12-13) also saw 10 shootings in seven states, resulting in 12 deaths and 57 injuries.
To date, since the beginning of 2021, there have been 293 such incidents.
1 killed and 3 wounded in Atlantic City (New Jersey)
One person was killed and three others were injured in a shootout on Sunday, June 20, in the evening in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Atlantic County Attorney's Office said in a statement.
After 18:00 local time, Atlantic City officers drove to the scene of the shootout and found four people with gunshot wounds.
All the men were taken to hospital, where one died from his injuries.
The ACPO Serious Crimes Division and the Atlantic City Police Department are investigating. Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Atlantic County Attorney's Office at 609-909-7800 or send an anonymous tip online.
1 killed, 4 wounded at Juneteenth celebrations in Colorado
Police arrived at the parking lot of a mall in suburban Denver after receiving at least 50 calls reporting shots fired at the Juneteenth celebration just after 04:00 local time on Sunday, June 20.
The officers found one man with an obvious gunshot wound. Police said he was taken to hospital where he later died. His identity was not disclosed.
Four other people - three adult men and one adult woman - reportedly sustained minor to severe injuries and were taken to local hospitals themselves. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
According to police, evidence indicates that several people were shooting, and investigators collected more than 114 cartridges at the scene.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to share it with Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP. A reward of up to $ 2 is offered.
1 killed, 4 injured at Juneteenth celebrations in Indiana
One person was killed and four others were injured during the Juneteenth celebration in Indiana early Sunday morning, the St. Joseph County Subway Homicide Unit (CMHU) said in a statement.
The officers arrived at a bar in Granger around 04:00 local time following reports of shooting in the parking lot.
A 26-year-old man was killed. Four others sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the shooting.
Investigators ask anyone with information to call CMHU at 574-235-5009, Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP, or the local police station.
4 wounded in Richmond, Virginia
Early Sunday morning, four people were injured in a shooting in Richmond, Virginia.
The officers responded to the news of the shooting shortly before 1:30 local time and found one person with an obvious gunshot wound. Police said he was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Three more victims with gunshot wounds made it to the hospital on their own, police said, including one who sustained life-threatening injuries.
The incident took place in a parking lot where a large crowd had gathered. The police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the investigators.
Two children from and 6 adults were injured in the shooting in Dallas
Eight people, including a 15-year-old and a 10-year-old, were injured in a shootout between party participants at two separate celebrations in Dallas on Sunday, police said.
The police said that, in all likelihood, two separate groups threw parties in their individual apartments, at some point people got together and an argument arose.
A physical fight ensued between the groups before they returned to their quarters and began shooting at each other.
According to police, a 10-year-old boy was shot in the leg, and at least one victim had to undergo surgery.
Police said none of the injuries were life-threatening.
1 dead, at least 6 injured in Auckland
One person was killed and at least six others were injured in the Saturday night shooting near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, police said.
Oakland Police Department (OPD) officers were already in the area when the shooting occurred.
Officers were sent there to keep an eye on public safety because a crowd of about 5000 had gathered outside Lake Merritt.
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Seven people were injured during the incident. Police said a 22-year-old man from San Francisco had already been pronounced dead in the hospital.
After the shooting, two men tried to escape from the scene. The police arrested them and seized two firearms.
Officer Jonna Watson said police are working to determine if the two arrested were involved in the shooting.
The Oakland Police Department is offering up to $ 40 for information leading to an arrest or arrest.
1 killed, 4 injured in Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska police are investigating a shooting that killed one person and injured four others in Anchorage on Saturday, June 19.
Officers arrived at the scene of the shooting and found five adult victims, three men and two women.
All five were taken to hospital, where one of the women died from her injuries.
2 dead, 4 injured in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
According to police, two people were killed and four injured in the shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Police found casualties in the parking lot following reports of gunfire.
According to police, a quarrel broke out between the unknown when a group of people began to leave a concert in a nearby location. During the dispute, several people started shooting and six people were injured.
Police said two people died from their injuries and four others were taken to a nearby hospital and are expected to survive.
5 wounded in Minneapolis
Police said five people were injured in a shooting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, June 18 in the evening.
The officers found three men and two women with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victims were taken to the hospital.
The suspect fled before the arrival of the police.
Where does the weapon come from
Pistols, machine guns and automatic rifles have disappeared from American military depots and warships over the past 10 years. And the reason for this was often the usual omissions - an unlocked door, a military man fell asleep at his post, or a faulty video surveillance system, writes "Voice of America".
The Pentagon says the disappeared weapons are not a widespread problem, they are a small part of the weapons arsenal.
“We have a very large inventory and several million weapons in inventory. We take this situation very seriously and, in my opinion, we are doing a very good job, but that does not mean that we are not making mistakes, ”says Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
As the AP journalists managed to find out, weapons stolen from the military were repeatedly found at crime scenes.
“I think the very idea that someone could steal a weapon at our military base and then it appears in some city in the United States is scary,” says the Albany County (New York) attorney.
In June 2018, during a search of a 21-year-old New Yorker, police found a military version of a 9 mm Beretta pistol, which is officially registered almost a thousand kilometers from the search site - at a military base in North Carolina.
The journalists managed to find out that this pistol was used several times during street shooting.
“We will not say that we have an ideal situation. But we do constant training and constantly discuss requirements and instructions with the military, ”says Kirby.
Sometimes the reason for the disappearance of weapons is the military themselves, often of low rank, who are trying to earn extra money.
James Morales is one such example. He is a medical logistics specialist. Morales entered the military base where he worked and stole 6 M4 automatic rifles and 10 M11 semi-automatic pistols.
“Regardless of which security system you install on the other side, there will still be someone who knows the system and knows how to bypass it,” says former deputy director of the Navy's Criminal Investigation Service, Mark Ridley.
Previously, the Pentagon was required to submit reports to Congress on stolen or missing weapons annually. But this requirement lost its validity several years ago.
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