The US is searching for a criminal who opened fire near a residential building on Friday. In one of the three mass killings that took place over the weekend across the country, one person was killed and seven were injured.
Police Chief Roy Minter said a driver drove up to the house late Friday night and then started shooting. Presumably, this was preceded by a dispute between groups of people.
Now two people are in critical condition, among the injured there is an 18-month-old child. It is known that the criminal fired more than 60 shots. Minter noted that earlier in the week there were reports of a shootout in the same apartment complex.
This is the fourteenth homicide in Savannah in 2021. In 2020, in the same period, this figure was equal to eighteen. The mayor of Savannah, Van Johnson, said that the number of violent crimes increased by about 12% — mostly shootings that did not cause deaths.
It seems that the homicide rate is still high. Overall, more than 8,700 people have died from gun violence in the United States this year, according to the database.
The Gun Violence Archive also found that the number of mass shootings rose to about 600 in 2020. To date, there have been at least 267 mass murders in the United States.
In Chicago and Austin, Texas, there were also shootings with numerous victims on the night from Friday to Saturday. Last year, shootings and murders increased in the United States. Many experts cited the stress associated with the pandemic, as well as the increased growth in the number of gun owners.
In Chicago, police are searching for two men who opened fire in the South Side neighborhood on Saturday around 2 a.m. local time. One woman was killed and nine people were injured.
In Austin, after Saturday’s shooting, city police arrested one minor citizen, while a second suspect remains at large. There is one dead, thirteen people injured.