Deadly Night of Gun Violence Claims Lives in Multiple US Cities
At least four individuals tragically lost their lives and over 30 others were injured in a series of shootings that occurred in Chicago, St. Louis, and Washington state. This alarming surge in gun violence has become increasingly common in the United States.
Shootout Near Washington State Music Festival Leaves Two Dead
Two people were killed and three others were injured in a shootout near a state camp in Washington. The camp was accommodating attendees of a nearby music festival on Saturday night, as confirmed by the police.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the shooting shortly before 8:30 p.m. in the camp area near the small town of George, located 149 miles (239 kilometers) east of Seattle. Law enforcement officers pursued the suspect, who was eventually apprehended.
As of now, the names and conditions of the victims have not been released.
The organizers of the electronic music festival, Beyond Wonderland, announced on social media that Sunday’s events at the Gorge Amphitheater have been canceled. The shooting took place in the campgrounds adjacent to the concert venues, according to the sheriff’s office. The concert organizers described the affected area as an “overflowing camping area.”
Chicago Suburb Meeting Turns Deadly with 20 People Shot
In a separate incident, at least 20 individuals were shot, one of whom succumbed to their injuries, during a gathering in a parking lot in a Chicago suburb early Sunday morning, as confirmed by authorities.
A television news video showed the parking lot strewn with debris and cordoned off with police tape in Willowbrook, approximately 20 miles (32.1 kilometers) southwest of Chicago.
“There were at least 20 individuals shot. Unfortunately, one victim has passed away,” stated Eric Swanson, deputy chief of the DuPage County sheriff’s office. “The motive behind this incident is unclear… We transported numerous victims from the scene, while others sought treatment at nearby hospitals,” he added.
The conditions of the injured individuals have not been immediately disclosed, according to Swanson.
Late-Night Shooting Claims Life of Minor in St. Louis
The night concluded with a late-night shooting at a downtown building in St. Louis, resulting in the death of a minor and injuries to nine others, according to a press report.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department reported that the shooting occurred around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday.
Witnesses informed local news station KMOV that the incident took place inside the building.
As of now, the names of the victims and the conditions of the injured individuals have not been released. The St. Louis police have not responded to requests for additional information.
(with information from AP)