International Desk: At least nine people have been killed and more than two dozen injured in indiscriminate shootings in three US cities. Similar incidents occurred after three consecutive gun violence shook the country.
The incidents took place on Saturday night and early Sunday morning, local time, Reuters news agency reported.
Police say a gunfight between two men in Philadelphia turned into a gunfight that left three people dead and 12 injured in indiscriminate shootings in crowded bars and restaurants. At that time, when the people tried to flee, panic spread in the area.
Three people were killed and 14 were injured when similar gunfire erupted near a bar in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after midnight on Saturday, police said.
Another shooting in Saginaw, Michigan, early Sunday morning killed three more people and injured two others, WYY television quoted a police statement as saying.
In the previous two incidents, civilians who were not involved in the incident were injured in indiscriminate shootings, but all the casualties in Saginaw were involved in the shootings, police said.
No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting until Sunday evening.
Earlier, 10 people were killed in an indiscriminate shooting at a retail store in Buffalo, New York, followed by 21 people, including 19 children, at an elementary school in Yuvald, Texas, and 4 people at the Tulsa Hospital building in Oklahoma. Residents of the cities have not yet been able to mourn the loss
Gun safety activists are urging the US government to take drastic action to curb gun violence.
So far this year, there have been at least 240 indiscriminate shootings in the United States, according to the non-profit research group Gun Violence Archive. The incidents of violence in which at least 4 people were killed except for the shooters were identified as ‘indiscriminate shootings’.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday called on the US Congress to ban assault rifles, expand background checks and take other gun control measures to stop the indiscriminate firing.