Memorial Day weekend 2022 marred by gun violence as shootings across the US leave at least 14 dead and dozens wounded
THE holiday weekend has been riddled with gun violence across the nation.
Violence across the United States comes in the wake of the Texas school massacre, as anti-gun pressure groups are urging new laws to prevent future shootings.
Following the deadly elementary school shooting in Uvalde, at least 14 people have died across the nation and over 20 others were injured in shootings from Friday to Sunday.
Graduation party turns deadly
One person was killed and two more were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a graduation party in Atlanta, Georgia.
At least 200 people, mostly teens, were inside the Park Lane Event Center when the shooting took place early Saturday morning.
Two people were airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries while a third died of his wounds.
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Akeem Ellison, 18, died at Upson Regional Medical Center, police said, adding victims Elijuan Wright, 17, and a 15-year-old were being treated for major injuries.
Cops have not made any arrests so far but believed the suspects are not from the Thomaston area while only one victim was a local resident.
California shooting injuries three
In Fresno, one adult died and three teens were injured during a shooting on Saturday night.
While responding to a separate call, officers heard gunfire and began to investigate, reports Your Central Valley.
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The officers reported finding an adult and two teens, ages 15 and 16, suffering from gunshot wounds.
According to the Fresno Police Department, another 16-year-old teen was shot during the incident
Two of the three teens are in stable condition at a nearby hospital and one of them is in critical condition, officers told the news outlet.
Oklahoma shooting at Memorial Day event
One person has died after multiple people were shot at an event in Taft, Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
An investigation is underway by the bureau after eight people were shot at an outdoor festival.
Among the seven injured, two of them are juveniles, according to ABC-affiliate KOCO News.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt took to Twitter to praise local law enforcement after the incident.
Stitt wrote: "I have been informed of the shooting in Taft. I am grateful for
"@OSBI_OK's swift response to assist local police and am confident in Oklahoma law enforcement's ability to bring justice to whoever is responsible for this deadly incident."
Four dead in Maryland
On Saturday night, in Inner Harbor, Baltimore, at approximately 7.35 pm shots were fired in an amphitheater located along a waterfront promenade, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Baltimore Police said a 17-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the hospital and a girl, of the same age, was hospitalized in stable condition.
Additionally, two men were fatally shot in a triple shooting later on Saturday night.
In the early hours of Sunday, a woman was also fatally shot.
Also on Sunday morning, a 15-year-old boy was shot and remains in stable condition.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said in a statement following the 17-year-old boy's death: "I am sickened that this plague continues to grip our city.
"I will continue to push every public safety agency to do more, but it will also require all of us to collectively say enough is enough, that we’re not going to accept or allow violence in our city.
"The mission to build a safer Baltimore requires all of us to lean in because the stakes are too high and the need too urgent."
Fatal shooting at Florida nightclub
One person was killed in a shooting at a nightclub in Florida, three years after another clubber was killed at the same premises.
Cops rushed to Blue Lounge club in Tampa after shots were fired just before 3am on Sunday.
Deputies responded to the report of a shooting at the nightlife venue, confirmed Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
One person was found dead when deputies arrived.
Sheriff Chad Chronister said: "Our detectives are currently working to determine the events that led up to this deadly shooting.
"I am urging anyone with information to contact us immediately at (813) 247-8200."
Two fatally shot in New York City
On Sunday morning, five people were injured and two were killed in separate shooting incidents across New York City, police told The New York Post.
Police told the news outlet that 45-year-old Donovan Davy was shot in the neck and right leg in Brooklyn.
The man was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital.
At 10.40am, hours after the first incident, another man was fatally shot in an apartment complex in Brownsville, Brooklyn, according to cops.
Minutes before 12am on Sunday, a man was shot in Queens and trasnported to the hospital in stable condition.
Shots were fired again in a Brooklyn at 2.44am, resulting in a men getting shot. The men was hospitalized in stable condition.
And at 4.30am on Sunday, three people were hit by gunshots in Brooklyn.
Triple shooting in Philadelphia
On Saturday morning, two women – ages 52 and 67 – were leaving funeral services at a church when they were struck by gunfire and injured, Philadelphia police told a CBS affiliate.
Police told the news outlet that the shooting took place shortly after 10am.
According to authorities, a 34-year-old man died after he was targeted during what appeared to be a road rage incident.
The victim was shot multiple times in the chest and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Both women were reported to be in stable condition after the incident.
Mass shooting near elementary school
Chicago police said at least three people were killed and 12 others were injured over the weekend, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Among the 12 injured, five people were hurt in a mass shooting near Daniel Webster Elementary School.
Five people, between the ages of 16 and 33, were standing on a sidewalk near the school when a fight broke out and shots were fired, the Sun-Times reports.
All five people, including a 33-year-old man who was shot in the face, were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.
Approximately 30 minutes earlier, a 26-year-old man was fatally shot during a block party on the South Side of Chicago.
On Saturday evening, about two hours before the block party shooting, two men were killed after they began shooting at each other.
Gunshots in Chattanooga
Six people have been injured and two others are in critical condition in a shooting near Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.
Cops said "numerous people" fled the scene after "multiple parties" exchanged gunshots in downtown Chattanooga at 10:48pm on Saturday.
"Our officers began rendering aid to the victims as well as assisting others to safety," a police spokesperson told Tennessee news station WTVC.
"They were able to detain at least one person of interest in the incident in the moments after the shooting began."
Police said "several" gunshot victims were rushed to local hospitals with two in critical condition.
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Most of the victims are understood to be in their teens and early 20s.
"We had large groups of juveniles walking around the downtown area this date and we believe it’s from within that group that the shooting took place," a police spokesperson said.
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