The attack in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, comes amid a series of high-profile gun violence incidents.
Two teenagers were fatally shot and at least nine people were injured in a mass shooting at a party in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the latest attack in a series of high profile gun violence incidents in the United States.
Authorities said as many as 90 bullets were fired at the party, where many guests were minors, early Sunday morning following an apparent altercation, according to police. Shell casings indicated pistols and a rifle were used in the shootout, which possibly involved crossfire.
Two 17-year-old men later died in hospital. No arrests had been made and the motive remained unclear.
“It’s heartbreaking; it’s Easter here and we have multiple families, two that don’t want to see a loved one,” Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said. “Others that are going to be, how can you even have a vacation when your son was involved in something traumatic like this?”
The incident came as attention was once again focused on the high rate of gun violence in the US following a series of high-profile mass shootings.
Shots fired at a South Carolina nightclub injured At least nine people early Sunday morning, while on Friday, nine others were injured when a gunman opened fire during an apparent altercation at a busy shopping center in the South Carolina capital of Columbia.
Last week, a gunman opened fire on a New York subway car, injuring 10 people. Suspect Frank James was arrested later the next day and charged with a federal felony for committing a violent or terrorist attack on public transportation.
Before that, in early April, six people were killed and 12 others were injured in Sacramento, California, during a shootout between rival gangs as bars closed in a busy downtown area just blocks from the state Capitol.
National data indicates a recent peak in gun deaths in the US. In 2020, the most comprehensive data available, more people died from gun-related injuries, including homicides and suicides, than during any other year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diseases.
Meanwhile, the number of recorded gun murders in 2020, 19,384, was the highest since at least 1968, according to the Pew Research Center.
There have been 143 mass shootings, in which four or more people were shot, in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive.