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Last June 20, gunfire erupted in a park in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood, where police said a group of people was having a barbecue when multiple shooters opened fire.
Darius Lee, a 21-year-old former New York high school basketball standout and college player, was fatally shot. Six more men and two women were injured in the barrage of gunfire that erupted along the city's East River, according to the New York Police Department.
No arrests were made immediately, and the motive is still unknown, though authorities believe the shooting was gang-related.
A shooting occurred on June 19, early Sunday at a nightclub in Walterboro, South Carolina, killing two men and injuring two others, according to police.
The shooting began around 2:40 a.m. According to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred at the High Time Night Club.
According to authorities, two other victims with non-life-threatening injuries arrived at the hospital in private vehicles. The names of the men killed were not released. The shooting's motive is being investigated, and no arrests have been made.
On June 18, Saturday night, four people were injured when a gunman approached them on a street and opened fire.
Around 11 p.m., the shooting occurred. in West Baltimore's Harlem Park neighborhood One of the victims was a 21-year-old woman who was driving by when the shooting began. The victims, aged 21 to 50, were all taken to hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.
A shooting occurred in a Chicago parking lot, injuring five people. It was the fourth weekend in a row that Chicago police responded to a mass shooting involving four or more victims.
The incident occurred on Chicago's Southside in the Lake Meadows neighborhood. The victims ranged in age from 18 to 27 and all sustained non-life threatening injuries, with one man being shot in the chin.
The gun control debate in the United States has waxed and waned over the years, fueled by frequent mass shootings in civilian settings.
In the United States, gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and young adults. The easy availability of assault weapons and ammunition, in particular, has sparked national debate in the aftermath of multiple shootings.
In response to recent mass shootings, the House passed a broad gun control bill that would raise the age limit for purchasing a rifle and prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds.
The bill was approved by a mostly party-line vote of 223-204. It has almost no chance of becoming law while the Senate negotiates improvements to mental health programs, school security, and background checks.
However, the House bill gives Democratic lawmakers a chance to tell voters where they stand on policies that polls show are widely supported in November.
Mass shootings account for only a small portion of the gun violence crisis. More than 45,000 people died as a result of gun violence in the United States in 2021. According to the Gun Violence Archive, 703 people were killed in mass shootings.
According to Everytown counts, California and Texas have the highest number of mass shootings involving four or more people. Since 2009, California and Texas have each reported 30 mass shootings in which four or more people were killed. Florida came in second with a total of 17.
Mass shootings are truly heartbreaking. Part of the victim's healing must include the conviction that the government will do everything in its power to prevent these tragedies from occurring in a country that continues to face a gun violence pandemic. A stricter gun control law, hopefully, will put an end to mass shooting violence.