SAVANNAH, Georgia – A manhunt was underway for the gunman who opened fire outside a residence here, killing one and injuring seven in one of three mass shootings over the weekend. end across the country.
Police Chief Roy Minter, Jr., said a driver found himself on Friday night and opened fire in a “disturbing and senseless” attack, likely linked to an ongoing dispute between two groups. Two people were in critical condition and among the injured was an 18-month-old child. More than 60 shells were fired. Minter said there had been reports of gunfire at the same apartment complex earlier in the week.
The death was the 14th homicide in Savannah this year. Last year this time there were 18 homicides. But Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said violent crime was up about 12%, with most involving non-fatal shootings.
The solution, Johnson said, isn’t more police on the streets. He stressed the need for engaged residents to speak up when they see a crime. Such action, according to Johnson and Minter, could have anticipated what happened on Friday.
“We can’t control our way out of this and we don’t want to be a police state,” Johnson said. “We recognize that the police are our partner, but we must be the partner of the police.”
Lless than 24 hours after shooting Austin, revelers return to Sixth Street
Chicago and Austin, Texas, also saw shootings with multiple victims Friday night early Saturday. The United States has seen an increase in shootings and homicides last year, and many experts have cited the stress of the pandemic amid an increase in gun ownership and a debate over the police. The numbers seem to remain high.
Nationally, there have been 17 massacres so far this year, defined as at least four people killed, not including the gunman, according to a USA TODAY / Associated Press / Northeastern University database. Sixteen of them were shootings.
“There was hope that this was just a statistical hook that would start to ease,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum. ” This does not happen. And that’s what really worries the (police) chiefs, that we may enter a new period where we will see a 20-year decline in these crimes. “
The Gun Violence Archive, which monitors media and police reports to track gun violence, defines mass shootings as those involving four or more people who have been shot, whether or not they are dead. Overall, according to its database, more than 8,700 people have died of gun violence in the United States this year.
The GVA also found that mass shootings peaked in 2020 at around 600, which was higher than in the previous six years, it followed the statistic. There have been at least 267 mass shootings in the United States so far, including the last three on the night of Friday to Saturday.
“It’s worrying,” said James Alan Fox, criminologist and professor at Northeastern University. “We have a mix of people who are starting to go out and move around in public. We have a lot of divisions. And we have more guns and hot weather. It’s a potentially lethal mixture.
9 injured, 1 killed in a shootout in Chicago: Police are looking for 2 armed men
In Chicago, police were looking for two men who opened fire in a South Side neighborhood on Saturday around 2 a.m. local time, killing a woman and injuring nine others.
In Austin, the shooting on Saturday morning left at least 14 people injured. Austin police have since arrested a man and a second suspect is still at large. Local residents and tourists alike got rid of it and returned in droves to the scene – the city’s iconic Sixth Street entertainment district – on Saturday night.
Austin resident Paige Wagner stood in line outside the doors of the Vulcan Gas Company, a nightclub with live music.
“I’m ready to have fun and get past that,” Wagner said.
Contribution: Grace Hauck, USA TODAY; Marnie Muñoz, American statesman from Austin; The Associated Press