The country is marked by an outbreak of violence by firearms, in particular the killing in a school in Uvalde, Texas on May 24 (21 dead including 19 children and two teachers). Since then, more than twenty shootings with several victims have taken place, according to the association Gun Violence Archive.
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Inspector Pace told local media that the police went to the scene
observed several active shooters opening fire on the crowd in the busy South Street area of Philadelphia.
You can imagine there were hundreds of people enjoying South Street like every weekend when this shooting broke outsaid the inspector.
According to him, the police opened fire on one of the shooters who dropped his weapon and fled, but it is not known if he was hit.
Local media reported that no arrests had been made.
According to Inspector Pace, two semi-automatic weapons were found at the scene, one with a high-capacity magazine. The police will examine the images of the surveillance cameras of the surrounding businesses, closed on Saturday evening, he explained.
A witness to the shooting, Joe Smith, 23, told the newspaper The Philadelphia Inquirer to have been plagued with reminiscences of recent shootings in the United States from the first shots heard.
As soon as it started, I didn’t think it was gonna endhe said.
There were hoarse crieshe added,
I just heard screams.
Another witness, Eric Walsh, described to the Philadelphia Inquirer people fleeing the shooting
with blood splatters on white sneakers and scraped knees, scraped elbows.
According to the newspaper, another person was shot and killed not far from the site of the shooting about two hours later, but the police assured that the two events had no established link.
Millions of firearms in circulation
In the United States, where 393 million guns – more than the population – were circulating in 2020, violence tends to increase when the weather is warmer, researchers have found. Additionally, several states have loosened restrictions in recent years.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to find a way to curb assault rifle sales and slammed Republican lawmakers who oppose it, lamenting that
too many everyday places [soient] become killing grounds, battlefields.
Over the past 20 years, more school children have died from firearms than the total number of police and soldiers who have died on dutyhe said.
think about it.
A group of Democratic and Republican senators met Thursday to discuss gun control proposals, but Republicans have historically opposed such measures.
Besides the Uvalde shooting, a series of deadly shootings have occurred recently. On May 14, a white man defining himself as
anti-semitic killed ten black people in a supermarket in Buffalo, on the border between the United States and Canada.
On May 16, a man, motivated by hatred toward Taiwan and its people, according to police, killed one person and injured five others at a church in California frequented by the Taiwanese-American community.
Last Thursday, a shooting in a cemetery in Wisconsin, in Racine, on the shores of Lake Michigan, left five injured during the burial of a man killed in late May by police.
And the day before, four people had been killed in a shooting at a Tulsa hospital. The shooter was targeting the doctor who had operated on his back, whom he considered responsible for his pain, according to the police.