Six dead in Philadelphia and Tennessee in latest US mass shootings

June 5 (Reuters) – Mass shootings in Pennsylvania and Tennessee have killed at least six people and injured more than 25, police said on Sunday in the latest cases of gun violence in the United States after recent massacres in the United States. Texas, New York and Oklahoma.

Several shooters opened fire on Philadelphia’s bustling South Street, an area packed with bars and restaurants, shortly before midnight Saturday. Two men and a woman were killed, officials said, with two of the dead and most if not all of the injured innocent bystanders.

Surveillance video showed people in a crowded street running in panic in the final moments of the 22-second clip, likely after shots were fired. The clip had no sound. Reuters was able to verify the video using geotagging.

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Similarly in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a shooting erupted as people otherwise enjoyed a Saturday night in town, though violence erupted after midnight.

No suspects were in custody in either shooting.

In another shooting in the early hours of Sunday, three people were killed in Saginaw, Michigan, reported, citing Saginaw police.

In the Chattanooga shooting, three people died and 14 suffered gunshot wounds, authorities said, adding that two people died from gunshot wounds and one person died from wounds after being struck by a vehicle as she fled the scene.

Three victims were injured as they tried to flee and were struck by vehicles, Tennessee officials said, adding that several of the injured remained in critical condition.

The incidents followed recent shootings that killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York; 21 victims at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas; and four people in a medical building in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gun safety advocates are pushing the US government to take tougher action to address gun violence. Read more

There have been at least 240 mass shootings in the United States so far this year, according to Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group. He defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter.

Philadelphia police reported at least three separate shootings in the crowded South Street entertainment district Saturday night, involving at least five shooters.

In the single fatal explosion, police believe two men got into a physical altercation and began shooting at each other, and one of the two men was fatally shot. A policeman saw the other shooter shooting into the crowd and shot him.

Police believe the shooter was injured as he dropped his gun, but he escaped through the crowd nonetheless, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told a news conference.

“We are still using every resource available to get to the bottom of what happened, not just last night, but behind this gun violence in this city, period,” Outlaw said.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney described the shooting as “horrible, despicable and senseless”. The deceased were aged 22, 27 and 34, while the ages of the injured ranged from 17 to 69.

There were also several shooters in Tennessee. Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy appealed for the public’s help, asking any witnesses to call a hotline.

US President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to ban assault weapons, expand background checks and implement other gun control measures to deal with the spate of mass shootings. Read more

Chris Murphy, the lead U.S. Democratic senator working on bipartisan gun safety talks, said Sunday he believed a package including investments in mental health and school safety and some changes to gun safety laws guns could be passed by Congress. Read more

A large majority of American voters, Republicans and Democrats, support tougher gun control laws, but Republicans in Congress and some moderate Democrats have blocked such legislation for years.

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Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington Additional reporting by Daniel Trotta in Carlsbad, California. Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Matthew Lewis

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