A Grim Memorial Day: Spiking Mass Shootings Cast a Shadow

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Hollywood police patrol near the scene of a shooting along the Hollywood Broadwalk, Tuesday, May 30, 2023, in Hollywood, Fla. Nine people were injured when gunfire erupted along the beachside promenade, sending people running for cover along the crowded beach on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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The Memorial Day weekend across the United States has been overshadowed by a tragic wave of mass shootings, claiming the lives of 14 individuals and leaving at least 58 others injured. This unfortunate surge in violence makes it the deadliest Memorial Day weekend the nation has seen in the past four years.

Among the most appalling incidents was a deadly shooting spree in Arizona, where four people were murdered and another was injured. Law enforcement officers have since apprehended a suspect in connection with the horrific act.

Another episode of brutality unfolded in Red River, New Mexico, where a motorcycle rally was disrupted by gunfire, resulting in three fatalities and injuries to five attendees. Authorities have now taken a suspect into custody.

In Baltimore, Maryland, a dispute spiraled into violence, culminating in a shooting that left five individuals injured.

This disturbing trend is not a new one, as recent years have witnessed similar spikes in incidents over this period. A sobering figure from the Gun Violence Archive reveals 257 mass shootings have occurred in the U.S. this year already. This marks a new high in a decade, echoing an alarming trend of increasing gun violence.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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