Over the weekend leading up to Halloween, a series of mass shootings occurred in several U.S. cities, resulting in the deaths of at least 11 people and leaving 76 others injured, according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA). The GVA defines mass shootings as incidents where at least four people are injured or killed, excluding the shooter. The shootings took place at large gatherings during the early hours of Sunday.
In Texarkana, Texas, three people were killed and three others injured during a shooting at a party on Saturday night. The incident began with a fist fight between two men, which escalated when two individuals pulled out rifles and started shooting. The victims, aged between 19 and 31, were taken to the hospital, where two men and a woman succumbed to their injuries. The remaining victims are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.
In northeast Indianapolis, 10 people between the ages of 16 and 22 were injured, one fatally, during a shooting at a large party. Police responded to reports of a gathering and arrived to find gunshots being fired and a crowd dispersing. Multiple firearms were discovered at the scene, and while several individuals were detained, no arrests have been made. The surviving victims are in stable condition.
In Tampa, Florida, two individuals died and 16 others were injured in a shooting in the Ybor City neighborhood. The incident stemmed from a dispute between two people that escalated into violence. One suspect has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder with a firearm. Five of the injured victims remain hospitalized, but their injuries are not life-threatening.
In Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, at least 15 people were injured, two critically, in a shooting early Sunday morning. Police officers witnessed a man opening fire at a gathering and apprehended him shortly afterward. Six women and nine men, aged between 26 and 53, were shot.
Near the Georgia State University campus, four people were shot, three females and one male. Three victims transported themselves to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the fourth victim remains in critical condition. No information regarding a suspect has been released.
The Gun Violence Archive also reported additional mass shootings in Kansas, Maryland, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Ohio. These incidents add to the growing concern over gun violence in the United States, occurring as the nation mourns the victims of the deadliest mass shooting this year, which took place in Lewiston, Maine, resulting in the deaths of 18 people.
Authorities continue to investigate these shootings and work towards ensuring public safety.