Six dead and dozens wounded in a series of shootings over the weekend in the US.

A series of mass shootings and violence over the weekend across the US killed at least six people, including a Pennsylvania state trooper, and injured dozens of others.

Shootings follow a wave in homicides and other acts of violence in recent years that experts say accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic. They occurred in suburban Chicago, Washington state, central Pennsylvania, St. Louis, southern California, and Baltimore.

“There is no question that there has been an increase in violence,” said Daniel Nagin, a professor of public policy and statistics at Carnegie Mellon University. “Some of these cases appear to be just disputes, often between teenagers, and those disputes are played with guns, not fists.”

Researchers disagree about the cause of the increase. Theories include the possibility that the violence is driven by the prevalence of guns in the United States, or by less aggressive police tactics or a decline in prosecutions for minor gun offenses, Nagin said.

As of Sunday night, none of the weekend events fit the definition of mass murder, because less than four people died in each place. The figure does not include the shooter. However, the number of injuries in most cases matches the widely accepted definition of mass shootings.

Here’s a look at the shootings this weekend:

WILLOWBROOK, ILLINOIS

At least 23 people were shot, one fatally, early Sunday in a suburban Chicago parking lot where hundreds of people had gathered to celebrate June 16, authorities said.

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office described a “peaceful gathering” that suddenly turned violent when several people fired multiple shots into the crowd in Willowbrook, Illinois, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Chicago.

The reason for the attack was not immediately known. Sheriff’s spokesman Robert Carroll said authorities were interviewing “persons of interest” in the shooting, the daily herald informed.

One witness, Markeshia Avery, said the celebration was meant to mark June 16, the Monday federal holiday commemorating the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned they had been freed, two years later. of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“We started hearing shots so we went down until they stopped,” Avery he told WLS-TV.

The White House issued a statement calling the violence a tragedy and saying the president was thinking of those killed and injured. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said in a declaration who was supervising the investigation.

“Gathering for a festive gathering should be a joyous occasion, not a time when gunfire breaks out and families are forced to run for safety,” Pritzker said.

WASHINGTON STATE

Two people died and two others were injured when a shootout began firing “randomly” in a crowd at a Washington state campground where many people were staying to attend a nearby music festival Saturday night, police said.

The suspect was shot in a confrontation with law enforcement officers and taken into custody, several hundred meters from the Beyond Wonderland electronic dance music festival.

A public alert warned people of an active shooter in the area and advised them to “run, hide or fight.”

The festival went on until early Sunday morning, Grant County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kyle Foreman said. The organizers then posted a tweet saying that Sunday’s concert was cancelled.

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA

One state trooper was killed and a second critically injured just hours apart in central Pennsylvania on Saturday after a gunman attacked a state police headquarters.

The suspect drove his truck into the parking lot of the Lewistown police station around 11 a.m. Saturday and opened fire with a large-caliber rifle at the marked troopers before fleeing, authorities said Sunday.

Lt. James Wagner, 45, was seriously wounded when he was shot after encountering the suspect several miles away in Mifflintown. Later, police officer Jacques Rougeau Jr., 29, was ambushed and killed by a shot through the windshield of his squad car while driving on a highway in nearby Walker Township, authorities said.

The suspect was shot dead after a fierce firefight, said Lt. Col. George Bivens, who boarded a helicopter to coordinate the search for the 38-year-old suspect.

“What I witnessed … was one of the most intense and incredible shootings I have ever witnessed,” Bivens said, praising the soldiers for launching an aggressive search despite being faced with a weapon that “would defeat any of the body armor they had.” available to them.”

A reason was not immediately known.

STREET. LUIS

A shooting early Sunday in a downtown st louis office building killed a 17-year-old and injured nine other teens, the city’s police commissioner said.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Commissioner Robert Tracy identified the slain victim as 17-year-old Makao Moore. A spokesman said a minor who had a firearm was in police custody as a person of interest.

The teens were having a party in an office when the shooting broke out around 1 a.m. Sunday.

The victims were between the ages of 15 and 19 and had injuries that included multiple gunshot wounds. A 17-year-old girl was trampled as she ran away, severely injuring her spine, Tracy said.

Casings from AR-style rifles and other firearms were scattered on the floor.

SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA

A shooting at a pool party in a southern california home left eight people injured, authorities said Saturday.

Authorities were dispatched shortly after midnight in Carson, California, south of Los Angeles, KABC-TV reported.

The victims are between the ages of 16 and 24, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. They were taken to hospitals and two were in critical condition, according to the statement.

Authorities said they found another 16-year-old boy with a gunshot wound when they responded to a call about a vehicle crashing into a nearby wall.

BALTIMORE

Six people were injured on Friday night. baltimore shooting. All were expected to survive.

Officers heard gunshots in the north of the city just before 9:00 pm and found three men with numerous gunshot wounds. Doctors took them to area hospitals for treatment.

Police later learned of three additional victims who were admitted to area hospitals with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

The injured ranged in age from 17 to 26, Baltimore Police Department spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said.

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