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Three mass shootings shocked the US during Easter

Three shootings occurred in a row in South Carolina and Pennsylvania during Easter, leaving at least two people dead, 31 injured, shocking American public opinion.

A shooting occurred at Cara’s Lounge nightclub, Hampton County, early morning of April 17, leaving at least nine people injured and no one dead, according to South Carolina state police. This is the second mass shooting in the state and the third nationwide in the Easter holiday weekend alone.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, gunmen fired at least 50 rounds into a party with about 200 people, killing two teenagers and injuring eight.

Sheriff Scott Schubert told reporters that most of the partygoers were minors. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as Jaiden Brown and Mathew Steffy-Ross, both 17 years old. Investigators believe there are multiple suspects involved in the shooting.

The two shootings came just a day after a similar incident at a busy shopping center in the South Carolina state capital of Columbia, about 145 kilometers north of Cara’s Lounge. Nine people were shot and five suffered other injuries while trying to flee the scene, WH “Skip” Holbrook police chief WH “Skip” Holbrook said on April 16. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 73 and no one was seriously injured.

Police outside a shopping mall in Columbia, South Carolina after the April 17 shooting.  Photo: AP.

Police outside a shopping mall in Columbia, South Carolina after the April 17 shooting. Image: AP.

“We don’t believe this is random,” Holbrook said. “We believe they knew each other and something led to the shooting.”

Currently, the only person arrested in the shopping mall shooting is 22-year-old Jewayne M. Price. Todd Rutherford, Price’s attorney, said his client “fired in self-defense”. Price now faces charges of illegally carrying a firearm because he did not have a license.

Columbia Police announced on Twitter that a judge had agreed to release Price on $25,000 bail. He will be placed under house arrest and fitted with a tracking device in his legs.

Three Easter shootings shocked the United States, amid a recent increase in gun violence in the country. Last week, a man opened fire in a New York subway car, injuring 10 people.

Earlier this month, six people were killed and 12 injured in Sacramento, California, in a gunfight between criminal gangs in an area just a few blocks from the state Capitol.

A week ago, a gunman opened fire inside a crowded nightclub in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, killing a man and woman and injuring 10 others. Last month, 10 people were shot at a party in Dallas, Texas.

Huyen Le (According to AP)

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