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Deadly memorial day weekend in US, 16 dead in series of mass shootings

04:34 PM May 30, 2023 IST | Ground report
deadly memorial day weekend in us  16 dead in series of mass shootings

Over Memorial Day weekend, a series of shootings took place across the United States, killing at least 16 people and injuring dozens of others. These incidents occurred at various locations, including beaches, high schools, and motorcycle rallies, in eight states. The victims ranged from teenagers to people in their 60s.

The weekend concluded with another episode of violence when nine people were injured in a shooting on Hollywood Beach in Florida. According to police, an altercation between two groups led to gunfire. All nine victims were taken to the hospital and their conditions are currently unknown. Authorities have detained a person of interest and are actively searching for a suspect.


One of the initial incidents occurred Friday in Chicago's North Avenue Beach, where a confrontation between two groups led to gunfire but no injuries. However, over the course of the weekend, Chicago witnessed more than eight deaths and at least 32 injuries due to shootings, according to NBC Chicago.

While reports of shootings have surfaced in various parts of the country, the total number does not appear to be extraordinary for a holiday weekend. On average, the United States experiences about 57 gun-related homicides per day, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.


In Baltimore, an argument between two men on Friday resulted in gunfire, wounding five people. Fortunately, the victims' injuries were not life-threatening. Authorities are currently searching for the gunman.


In Mesa, Arizona, a suspect named Iren Byers has been taken into custody in connection with multiple shootings that occurred from Friday through early Saturday morning. Byers is accused of killing four people and injuring one.


The injured victim, a 36-year-old female, was listed in stable condition and scheduled for surgery. Byers has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.


Other incidents took place in different places. Shots were fired at a Seattle casino that left three injured. In Red River, New Mexico, a motorcycle demonstration turned deadly when three people were killed and five others injured in a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs.

Garden Grove, California also experienced a shooting at a restaurant, injuring three people.

A shooting occurred at Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta, resulting in the death of a 16-year-old girl and injuries to a 16-year-old boy.

Lastly, a shooting on a Green Line train at the Navy Yard station in Washington, D.C. claimed the life of an adult male after a fight between the shooter and the victim.

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