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12 killed in weekend spate of US shootings
12 killed in weekend shootings
Published: May 24, 2021 09:28 PM
A dozen people were killed and about 50 injured in shootings across the US over the weekend, after President Joe Biden in April branded the country's gun violence an "epidemic."

The spate of shooting incidents included deaths in New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio and Minnesota. In total, the attacks claimed 12 lives and wounded at least 49 others.

Two people died when gunfire broke out at a house party in Camden, New Jersey on Saturday night, and at least 12 people were injured, according to police. 

In South Carolina, one 14-year-old girl was killed and 14 people were wounded at a concert.

Police in Atlanta, Georgia, found three gunshot victims early Sunday after responding to a call about shots fired. All three victims were pronounced dead at the scene, US media reported. 

Three others were killed and eight injured outside a bar in Youngstown, Ohio, early Sunday morning, while a 16-year-old girl was killed and seven people injured in a park in Columbus.

A deadly shooting also occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the night before supporters and relatives of George Floyd, the black man killed by a white former police officer last spring, held a march Sunday on the first anniversary of his death. One person was killed and eight injured, with one victim in a critical condition.

Minneapolis police told AFP that one suspect in the shooting had been arrested, while a second suspect had died.
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