At least 12 people were killed and more than three dozen others were injured in mass shootings in the United States over the weekend as America continues to grapple with a gun violence epidemic that has torn through communities big and small.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were at least 10 mass shootings — defined as an incident in which “four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter” — since Friday. At least three occurred during high school graduation parties.
• In Philadelphia on Saturday night, three people were killed and another 11 were injured when gunfire erupted on the city's bustling South Street, where hundreds of people were enjoying the warm weekend and the area's many restaurants and bars. According to multiple reports, an 18-year-old suspect was taken into custody and expected to be charged Monday afternoon.
• In Chattanooga, Tenn., early Sunday, two people were killed by gunfire and another was killed by a car fleeing the shooting, according to police. There were 17 total victims, including those who were injured. Police believe there were multiple gunmen, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and an investigation is ongoing.
• In Saginaw, Mich., early Sunday, three people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting that police are investigating as a triple homicide.
• In Phoenix early Saturday, a 14-year-old girl was killed and eight others were injured when an argument between multiple parties escalated at a crowded party inside a strip-mall building, according to Fox 10 in Phoenix.
• In Mesa, Ariz., early Sunday, two people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting at a nightclub, NBC’s KPNX reported. Three suspects, who allegedly sped away in a vehicle and were chased by officers, were later arrested.
• In Socorro, Texas, early Saturday, five teenagers were wounded in a shooting at a high school graduation party in what police said was a “targeted attack,” the El Paso Times reported. The victims, ranging in age from 16 to 18, were transported to local hospitals. Some had multiple gunshot wounds.
• In Omaha, Neb., on Friday night, one person was killed and three people were wounded in a shooting, according to ABC’s KETV affiliate. The victims range in age from 19 to 32, police said. No suspects or motives have been identified, and the shooting remains under investigation.
• In Macon, Ga., on Saturday night, one person was killed and three people were injured in a shooting at an abandoned home in Bibb County, according to CBS’s WMAZ affiliate. The victims ranged in age from 19 to 23, police said.
• In Summerton, S.C., on Saturday night, one person was killed and eight others were wounded in what authorities described as a drive-by shooting at a high school graduation party, CBS’s WLTX-TV reported. A 32-year-old woman died; the wounded ranged in age from 12 to 36 — the majority being teenagers.
• In Chesterfield, Va., on Friday night, one person was killed and another five were wounded at a high school graduation party, ABC’s WRIC-TV reported. More than 50 shots were fired during the incident, police said. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 21.
Several other incidents not classified as mass shootings were reported in other cities, including Lexington, Ky., where police said two people attending a funeral were shot outside a church.
The latest spate of gun violence comes in the wake of a series of mass shootings — including one at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 — that have reignited the national debate over gun control.
In Uvalde, an 18-year-old gunman stormed into Robb Elementary School, killing 19 children and two teachers in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. Less than two weeks before that, an 18-year-old gunman killed 10 Black people in a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket, in what prosecutors say was a hate crime. Last week, a gunman killed four people at a Tulsa, Okla., hospital.
In an address to the nation on Thursday night, President Biden gave a speech backing a suite of legislative proposals, including an assault weapons ban, so-called red flag laws, raising the age for purchasing assault-style weapons to 21, increasing the liability exposure to gun manufacturers and expanding background checks.
It’s unclear which proposals, if any, could gather the 60 votes needed to clear an expected GOP-led filibuster in the Senate. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said Sunday that negotiations with his Republican colleagues are “serious.”
“I'm more confident than ever that we're going to get there,” Murphy said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But I'm also more anxious about failure this time around.”