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America’s ‘Holy Week’ Disrupted By Mass Shootings

America’s ‘Holy Week’ Disrupted By Mass Shootings

As Jews across the U.S. prepared to celebrate the Passover holiday and their Christian counterparts focused on their own Holy Week rituals, a different, and much more unfortunate, American tradition continued as well: mass shootings.

Three mass shootings over just Easter weekend alone in South Carolina and Pittsburgh left two minors dead and at least 31 people injured the same week President Joe Biden signed new legislation aimed at reducing the number of ghost guns and other privately made firearms without serial numbers that are increasingly being found at crime scenes.

At least eight people were injured during a shooting at a Pittsburgh house party just after midnight Saturday night. The shooting, which followed an altercation, happened around 12:30 a.m. during a crowded rave at a short-term rental property where hundreds of people had gathered, with the “vast majority” of them underage, according to the Pittsburgh Police Department.

In South Carolina, police have arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting at a busy shopping mall in South Carolina’s capital on Saturday that left 14 people injured. Nine people were shot and five people were injured while trying to flee the scene at the Columbiana Centre Mall on Saturday afternoon, with the victims ranging in age from 15 to 73. Police were also investigating a separate late-night shooting Saturday night at a nightclub in Hampton County, SC, which left at least nine people injured.

The Easter weekend shootings are just the latest in a series of violent events taking place around the country. Last week, a gunman opened fire on a New York subway car, injuring 10 people. A suspect was arrested the next day. Earlier this month, police said six people were killed and 12 others wounded in Sacramento, California, during a gunfight between rival gangs as bars closed in a busy area near the Downtown Commons shopping mall and the state Capitol.

One week ago, a shooting inside a crowded nightclub in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, left a man and a woman dead and 10 people wounded. And last month, 10 people were shot at a spring break party in Dallas and several others were injured as they tried to escape the gunfire, police said.

 

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