Beijing, 30 May (Xinhua) -- According to a report by NBC News on 30 May, gun cases in many places in the United States were frequent over the long weekend of Memorial Day, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens more. In Chicago, Illinois alone, multiple shootings have killed at least eight people and injured 32.
In Red River, New Mexico, 30-year-old suspect Jacob David Castillo was arrested by police on suspicion of shooting and killing 3 people and injuring 4 people at a motorcycle party on the afternoon of the 27th. Castillo was taken to the hospital for treatment with his injuries and will be escorted to the Taos County Detention Center after his discharge. Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun posted a video statement on social media saying it was a "gang-related incident."
On May 24, a girl presents flowers in the square of Yuvaldi, Texas, USA, to mourn the victims of a school shooting. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wu Xiaoling
In Mesa, Arizona, 20-year-old Alan Byles was arrested by police on suspicion of shooting and killing 4 people and injuring 1 person from the afternoon of the 26th to the early morning of the 27th, and was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder, respectively.
In Atlanta, Georgia, a shooting occurred during "an unauthorized assembly" in a local middle school in the early morning of the 28th, a 16-year-old girl died of injuries, and another 16-year-old boy was injured and sought medical treatment.
At the Navy Yard Station of the Washington Green Line subway, at nearly 12 noon local time on the 28th, an adult man and the gunman fought on the subway, and the gunman fired several shots at the man's upper body, killing him on the spot.
A man holds a placard supporting gun control in a square in the small Texas city of Yuvaldi, USA, on May 24. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wu Xiaoling
Baltimore, Maryland, on the afternoon of the 26th, and Garden Grove, California, on the evening of the 27th, both reported gunshots caused by spat injuries. In Baltimore, two men fired guns during an altercation, wounding five others; In Garden Grove, a man opened fire after an argument at a restaurant bar, injuring three others, two of them critically.
In addition, a shooting occurred in a casino in Seattle, Washington, on the 27th, and 3 people were injured. As of the morning of the 29th, the gunman was still at large.
Police work at the scene of a shooting in a neighborhood northwest of Washington, the U.S. capital, on April 22, 2022. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Liu Jie
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population, but owns 46 percent of the world's civilian guns. The United States has the highest gun ownership rate, gun homicide rate and number of mass shootings in the world. Gun violence has become an "American disease."
According to the analysis data of the Pew Research Center, there are an average of 57 gun homicides per day in the United States. According to data released by the US "Gun Violence Archive" website, as of the 29th, there have been 261 mass shootings in the United States this year that have killed and injured at least 4 people, resulting in more than 17,400 deaths and more than 14,400 injuries.
This is a white vase flower placed in memory of victims of gun violence in Battery Park in New York, USA, on October 8, 2021. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Ying
May 24 marks the one-year anniversary of the murder at Robb Elementary School in Yuvaldi, Texas. An 18-year-old man shocked the world by shooting and killing 19 students and two teachers. Now, a year later, the government's oversight of guns, lobbying organizations and unscrupulous politicians' abuse of gun rights have angered and disappointed the population. Jesse Rizzo, a relative of the child killed, Jaclyn Casares, said that a year has passed and nothing has changed, "we are just a number".
Some American media commented that the Yuvaldi massacre was one of the worst school shootings in American history, but it will not be the last such tragedy that this country has encountered. (Marine)