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First weekend of summer in US marred by multiple mass shootings

Recent Mass Shootings Across the U.S. Highlight First Weekend of Summer Tragedies

The first weekend of summer in America was marred by a tragic wave of gun violence, with multiple mass shootings occurring across different cities. From a party in Alabama to an entertainment district in Ohio and a grocery store in Arkansas, the violence left dozens dead or wounded.

The weekend saw a disturbingly familiar pattern of shootings, with mayors in affected cities pleading for assistance to curb the rising tide of gun violence. In Michigan, a deputy was fatally shot in what was described as an ambush, while a Philadelphia police officer was critically wounded during a routine traffic stop.

In Montgomery, Alabama, hundreds of rounds were fired at a crowded party, leaving nine people wounded. The interim Police Chief John Hall revealed that over 350 spent shell casings were recovered from the scene. Mayor Steven Reed urged for stronger measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

In Ohio, gunfire erupted in a popular restaurant and entertainment district in Columbus, leaving ten people injured, one in critical condition. The city’s mayor, Andrew Ginther, called for more action from state and federal governments to address the gun violence crisis.

The series of mass shootings continued in Dayton, Ohio, Rochester, New York, and St. Louis, Missouri, where multiple individuals were killed and injured in separate incidents. The violence culminated in Fordyce, Arkansas, where four people were killed and eleven others injured in a tragic shooting that also claimed the life of a young mother.

The alarming spate of gun violence over the weekend has reignited calls for stricter gun control measures and interventions to address the root causes of such senseless acts. As communities grapple with the aftermath of these devastating events, there is a growing urgency for collective action to prevent further tragedies.

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