Tragic incidents of mass shootings have rocked Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Fort Worth ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, resulting in ten fatalities and leaving 38 individuals wounded, according to officials. President Joe Biden has issued a fresh call for gun control legislation in the wake of these mass shootings.
Mass Shootings claims 10 lives over 4th july weekend
In Fort Worth, law enforcement revealed that three individuals lost their lives while eight others sustained injuries in a mass shooting following a local festival commemorating Independence Day. The authorities disclosed this information on Tuesday.
Furthermore, Philadelphia experienced a separate mass shooting on Monday evening, where five people were killed and two others were wounded, including a 2-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, both of whom suffered gunshot wounds to their legs. The assailant, reportedly wearing body armor and wielding an AR-15, indiscriminately opened fire on strangers, as per local police.
Only a day prior to the Philadelphia incident, Baltimore witnessed a devastating hail of gunfire at a neighborhood block party, resulting in the deaths of two individuals and leaving 28 others injured, with approximately half of them being children.
Authorities are currently working to determine the motives behind these three recent mass shootings, as they remain unclear.
The United States continues to grapple with a significant number of mass shootings and incidents of gun violence. In 2023 alone, the Gun Violence Archive has recorded over 340 mass shootings across the country. The archive defines a mass shooting as an incident involving the shooting of at least four individuals, excluding the shooter.
President Biden condemned the recent acts of violence on Tuesday and reiterated the urgency of enacting stricter gun control laws. In a statement, he expressed his grief over the “wave of tragic and senseless shootings,” urging Republican lawmakers to engage in meaningful and sensible reforms.
However, Republicans in Congress, citing constitutional protections for gun ownership, have consistently opposed substantial reforms to gun safety laws despite mass shootings and the President’s proposal to reinstate the ban on assault weapons.
Authorities in Philadelphia identified the suspect as a 40-year-old man armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a 9mm pistol. The perpetrator wore body armor and a ski mask during the attack. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 59. District Attorney Krasner has vowed to bring forth multiple charges of murder and other offenses at the shooter’s initial court hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
In Fort Worth, the police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the mass shooting that occurred at Como Fest, a local tradition celebrating the African American history of the Como neighborhood. Mayor Mattie Parker expressed her belief that the violence was perpetrated by a few individuals seeking to wreak havoc in the neighborhood.
Eyewitnesses reported hearing a barrage of gunfire shortly before midnight, initially mistaking it for fireworks. The ensuing panic led to a stampede as people scrambled for safety, as reported by the Dallas Morning News. Despite the incident, defiant neighbors and community leaders held their July Fourth parade through Como.
Meanwhile, in Baltimore, the police are actively seeking multiple suspects in connection with the recent shootings.
These tragic events occurred around the anniversary of the Highland Park mass shooting near Chicago, where seven people lost their lives, and 48 others were wounded during an Independence Day parade last year. A 22-year-old man, who remains in custody, was indicted on 117 felony charges for the rampage.