A shooting in the state of Wisconsin has left three people dead in the United States, while another in Texas has left three other fatalities and a third gun-related incident has claimed the life of a seven-year-old girl next to a McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago, in the state of Illinois.
Early Sunday morning, three people were killed and three others were wounded in a shooting at a bar in Kenosha, in the state of Wisconsin, as confirmed by the local sheriff’s office, which has announced that there is a “person of interest” in custody.
The security forces have specified that this was not a random incident, but that it was premeditated, and that the three people who died knew each other, CBS reports.
Another shooting in Austin, in the state of Texas, has also claimed the lives of three people, although in this case the suspect has not been arrested at the moment and the police have classified it as a still active situation.
Law enforcement officials have expressed concern that the suspect “may take a hostage or take shelter somewhere,” and have asked citizens to exercise extreme caution, according to Austin Police Assistant Chief Joe Chacon.
A third gun-related incident has claimed the life of a seven-year-old girl and seriously injured her father. Both have been shot while inside their car in an access lane to a McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. No suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
According to figures from Gun Violence Archive (GVA), there have been 150 shootings in the United States so far in 2021, while there have been 45 mass shootings since last March.
For all of 2020, there were a total of 610 such incidents in the country, up from 417 in 2019. Recent attacks in recent weeks have put the gun ownership debate in the United States back on the table, prompting the president, Joe Biden, to put forward a series of reforms, including more thorough background checks.
However, Biden’s proposals face an almost impenetrable barrier in the Senate, where Democrats are in the minority and would need to convince at least ten Republicans to give the green light to these reforms.