After Uvalde Holiday Weekend
CHICAGO – Even as the nation relented over the massacre of 19 children and teachers at an elementary school in Ovaldi, Texas.
Several mass shootings occurred elsewhere, and alarm systems were triggered during Memorial Day weekend in both rural and urban areas.
Single deaths still account for the majority of fatalities caused by the use of firearms.
A shooting broke out in the predawn hours of Sunday at a festival in Taft, Oklahoma, sending hundreds of revelers and customers scattered inside the nearby Boots Café diving for cover.
Eight people between the ages of 9 and 56 were shot, and one of them died.
Six children, ages 13 to 15, were injured Saturday night in a tourist neighborhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Two groups got into a fight, and two people in one of them pulled out the gun and started shooting.
Ten people, and three law enforcement officers, were injured in a shooting at a night rally on Memorial Day Street in Charleston, South Carolina.
And at a club and liquor store in Benton Harbor in southwest Michigan, a 19-year-old man was killed.
Six other people were injured after shooting in a crowd at around 2:30 a.m. on Monday.
The police found several shell casings of different calibers.
These and others met a common definition of mass shootings and alarm systems, where four or more people are shot.
Such events have become so regular that news of them will likely fade quickly.
In Arkansas, a 7-year-old girl was killed Saturday in a crowded area near the Little Rock Zoo, in what police described as an “isolated event involving acquaintances.”
Chicago’s high rates of violence have left a series of Democratic governments there, including that of incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot, open to criticism – sometimes from within their own party.
In Detroit, Police Chief James White has promised to impose a strict curfew on youngsters and teens after three people were injured during a shooting earlier this month at Greektown, a popular downtown restaurant and entertainment district.
Residents like Yvonne Fields, of Detroit, say they are being especially vigilant when Memorial Day comes.
She and her children and grandchildren spent time near the house this weekend.