At least four major shootings occurred across the United States over the Easter weekend, including one at a party in Pittsburgh, which killed two teenagers and injured several others early Sunday.
The violence comes after President Joe Biden announced strict gun rules last week in the wake of multiple mass shootings.
Pittsburgh police said in a statement Sunday that officers were called to reports of a shooting at an Airbnb rental property just after 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, additional gunshots were heard in the immediate area and “several youths” were seen fleeing the area on foot and in vehicles.
Police said at least 10 people were injured in the incident. Two of them, Jaden Brown and Matthew Steffi-Ross, both 17, were pronounced dead at a local hospital, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed to NBC News. Other gunmen were taken by first responders to nearby hospitals or by their own transport to hospitals in and out of the city.
Police said an investigation revealed that a large party was going on at the short-term rental property in which more than 200 people, many underage people, were present.
Up to 50 rounds of shots were believed to have been fired inside the property, causing some of the party men to jump out of windows, sustaining injuries including broken bones and bruises, the statement said. The police have asked anyone with knowledge of the firing to come forward as they continue their search for the suspects.
1 killed, 3 minors injured in Portland shooting
A fatal shooting also occurred in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, killing one person and injuring three minors, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
The bureau said in a statement that the police were called after 8:40 pm on information about the firing., Local time (11:40 a.m. ET) Sunday night. When they arrived, they saw that one man was already dead and three boys were wounded by bullets.
Police said three boys were taken to area hospitals, in which one’s life is in danger. His condition was not clear till Monday morning.
Violence in South Carolina
Meanwhile, a nightclub in Hampton County, South Carolina was also shot at a nightclub on Sunday, just a day after a shooting at a mall in the state capital, Columbia, about 90 miles north. South Carolina’s state law enforcement department told the Associated Press that at least nine people were injured in a shooting at Cara’s lounge in Hampton County.
The incident came after at least nine people were injured in a shooting at the Columbiana Center in the state capital of South Carolina on Saturday, according to the Columbia Police Department, in which victims ranged in age from 15 to 73.
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At least five others suffered separate injuries, including broken bones, bruises and head injuries, while trying to escape from the mall, police said. It appears that none of the victims has been seriously injured.
The lawyer for a man arrested after the shooting said on Sunday that his client opened fire in self-defense in a confrontation with other shooters. The man, identified as 22-year-old Jeven Price, has since been placed under house arrest and ordered to wear an ankle monitor after a judge determined a $25,000 surety bond.
The Columbia Police Department said police initially arrested Price on suspicion of illegally possessing a pistol after he was taken in for questioning. While police have not formally identified him as a shooter in the incident, on Sunday, Price was barred from contacting victims of the attack by a bond court at the Alvin S.
Two others who were also taken into custody for questioning were released from police custody on Saturday after it was determined that they were not involved in the shooting, police said. However, he said witness accounts and surveillance videos suggested that at least three suspects displayed firearms inside the mall.
He said the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident involving the suspects and “probably stemmed from an ongoing conflict.” Police are still trying to find out how many suspects were involved in this.
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