Chattanooga, Philadelphia among 13 weekend mass shootings


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NEW from THE TRACE: In 2019, Congress pledged millions to study gun violence. The results are almost there. For the first time in decades, Congress has allocated $25 million a year to the CDC and the National Institutes of Health for this problem. The agencies distributed their first rounds of grants to researchers in 2020, which include projects on school violence, safe storage and various public health interventions. Chip Brownlee spoke with several researchers on some of the projects, the importance of federal support and why the field is still underfunded compared to other leading causes of death. “Numbers [of shootings] just went up and up,” one researcher said, “so the [funding] the number must be equivalent.

At least 13 mass shootings in multiple states over the weekend left 17 dead. Another 69 people were injured in the incidents from Friday night to Sunday, according to the Gun Violence Archivesalmost equal to the total of a tragic Memorial Day weekend. Among the latest cases:

  • In philadelphia cream, three people died and at least 11 people were injured after multiple gunmen began firing into a crowd in one of the city’s most popular nightlife areas late Saturday night, witnesses said and the police. The chaotic shooting scene would have began as a fight between two young men that escalated into a shootout, before other participants and at least one police officer were also involved. Police said they recovered five different weapons. The victims ranged from 17 to 69 years old, almost all bystanders, according to police. Do you know someone who has been affected by gun violence in Philadelphia? Discover our in the block resource hub.
  • In Chattanooga, TNthree people were killed and at least 14 others were injured after gunfire erupted early Sunday morning at a nightclub, police and witnesses said. Police believe 14 victims were shot, two fatally, while the other three people were injured by vehicles as they fled the scene. Officials believe the conflict began as a personal dispute that caught bystanders in the crossfire. It was the second mass shooting in the city in as many weekends.
  • In Summerton, SCone person was killed and seven others injured in a Saturday night graduation party. “At least 60 to 70 rounds” were fired after two cars approached the party, the local sheriff’s office said. The victims ranged from 12 to 36 years old, while a 32-year-old woman died from her injuries.
  • In Phoenix, one person was killed and eight others injured in a shopping center early Saturday morning. Police identified the dead as a 14-year-old girl. It was one of two mass shootings over the weekend in the Phoenix area.

“I’m tired of standing in front of you talking about guns and dead bodies,” Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly said at a news conference on Sunday. “There are families whose lives have been shattered forever because once again we have people who decide to solve their problems with guns.”

Senators involved in the bipartisan gun talks are expressing optimism that a deal will be reached. Strategies said to be in discussion include legislation encouraging states to create their own red flag laws, more funding for mental health programs and school safety, and stronger background check laws. “I’ve never been in such serious and thoughtful conversations before, and I know that every Republican and Democrat at the table is here with complete sincerity to get a deal done,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, the chief Democratic negotiator. , ToldThe Washington Post on Sunday. “I feel like we’re closer than we’ve been since I’ve been in the Senate,” added Republican Senator Patrick Toomey. If the talks produce a breakthrough likely to attract enough votes to pass, the Senate measures will still fall well short of what President Joe Biden offers and what is home expected pass soon. Could the gun reforms being considered in Congress have made a difference to past mass shootings? The result look deep to six policies, and estimates that at least 35 shootings since 1999 in which four or more people were killed could have been affected.

Where a large portion of New York’s red flag orders were issued. The State’s Extreme Risk Protection Order Act went into effect in August 2019 and allows police, family members or school officials to petition a court to seize weapons shooting people considered a threat to themselves or others. (The the state is on point to expand who can file a red flag order to include multiple health care providers.) The New York Times looks to more than 100 red flag cases filed in Suffolk County that led to the removal of more than 160 firearms, including at least 22 people under the age of 25 and 11 minors. Overall since 2019, New York has issued 620 “final” red flag orders, meaning firearms removals valid for up to one year; 117 of them were issued in Suffolk County, one of the highest rates in the state. From the track: Red flag laws are only as good as their enforcementand there is frequentlybig variations in the 19 states who have the laws. In 2019 we reported how San Diego County aggressively used red flag ordinances under the direction of city attorney Mara Elliott, who became something of a national spokesperson for the laws.

Data point

1.31 million — the number of guns sold in May, according to our analysis of FBI data. This seasonally adjusted figure includes approximately 780,000 handguns and 530,000 long guns (rifles and shotguns). That’s down 13% from the previous May, but nearly identical to the previous two months. [The Trace]


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