There were at least four major shootings in the United States over the Easter weekend, including one at a party in Pittsburgh that killed two teenagers and wounded several others early on Sunday.
The violence comes after President Joe Biden announced last week a tightening of gun laws in the wake of multiple mass shootings.
Pittsburgh police said in a statement on Sunday that officers were called to report the shooting just after 12:30 pm at an Airbnb rented property. When they arrived, more shots were heard in the immediate area, and “a few young people” were seen fleeing on foot and in vehicles.
Police said that at least 10 people were injured in the incident. Two of them, Jaiden Brown and Mathew Steffy-Ross, both 17 years old, were presumed dead at a local hospital, as confirmed by NBC News, Allegheny County Medical Bureau. Other gunshot victims were taken to nearby hospitals by rescuers or arrived at hospitals in the city and outside of it with their own transport.
Police said the investigation revealed that there was a large event taking place at the short-term rented property, attended by as many as 200 people, including many minors.
The statement said as many as 50 missiles were fired inside the property, prompting some partygoers to jump out of windows, sustaining injuries, including bone fractures and lacerations. Police have asked anyone with information about the shooting to report as the search for suspects continues.
1 dead, 3 minors injured in a Portland shootout
There was also a fatal shootout in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, in which one person was killed and three minors were injured, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
The office said in a statement that police had been called to report the shooting shortly after 8:40 PM. local time (11:40 PM ET) Sunday night. When they arrived, they found one man, already dead, and three boys who had received gunshot wounds.
The three boys were taken to surrounding hospitals, one of which suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. His status has not been clear since Monday morning.
Violence in South Carolina
Meanwhile, shooting also broke out at a nightclub in South Carolina County, South Carolina, on Sunday, just a day after a shootout broke out at a mall in the state capital, Colombia, about 90 miles to the north. At least nine people were injured in a shootout at Cara’s Lounge in Hampton County, the Associated Press said the state law enforcement department.
This came after at least nine people were gunshot wounds during a shootout at the Columbiana Center in South Carolina’s capital city, and the age of the victims ranged from 15 to 73, according to the Columbia Police Department.
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At least five other people suffered separate injuries, including bone fractures, lacerations, and a head injury while trying to escape from the mall, police said. None of the victims were seriously injured.
The lawyer of the man who was arrested after the shooting said on Sunday that his client opened fire in self-defense against other shooters. A man identified as Jewayne Price, 22, was released from house arrest and ordered to wear an ankle monitor after a judge ordered bail of $ 25,000.
Police arrested Price on suspicion of illegally possessing a pistol after they initially took him for questioning, the Columbia Police Department said. Although police did not formally identify him as the shooter in the incident, a Bond court at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on Sunday barred Price from contacting victims of the attack.
Two other men, who were also detained for questioning, were released from police custody on Saturday after it was determined they had not been involved in the shooting, police said. However, they said witness accounts and video footage suggested that at least three suspects showed firearms at the mall.
They said the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident involving suspects and “probably resulted from an ongoing conflict.” The police are still working on determining the exact number of suspects.
Press association contributed.