Crime & Justice

Gunman kills 3 in latest US gun violence

Washington, Apr 19 (EFE).- At least three people, including an African-American, were killed in gunfire in the city of Austin, Texas, Sunday in what police said was “a domestic situation that is isolated.”

Acting Austin Police Chief Joe Chacon told reporters that the authorities identified a suspect as Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, who fled after the attack and was still on the run.

The shooting took place in a building near Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway in the northwest of the Texas capital.

“While a suspect is still at large, it appears this is a domestic situation that is isolated and there is no risk to the general public,” the Austin police said in a tweet.

At least three people lost their lives, and two others were wounded by gunshots in a Kenosha bar in the state of Wisconsin on Saturday morning.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said, in a statement, that the event took place at the Somers House Tavern bar at around 12:42 local time.

The attacks come after eight people died and five were injured Thursday when a gunman opened fire indiscriminately at a warehouse of the postal services company FedEx in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The shootings in recent weeks have reopened the debate on greater gun control in the country.

On Friday, President Joe Biden renewed his call to Congress to take action on gun legislation and said he could work on guns and other legislative priorities at the same time.

“I’ve never not prioritized this. No one has worked harder to deal with the violence by individuals using weapons than I have,” Biden told reporters.

He said the lawmakers must “accepting” a type of violence that has become “an epidemic” and causes 106 fatalities a day in the country.

He said about 316 people are shot every day in America and 106 of them die, “hitting Black and brown communities the hardest.”

“This is an epidemic, for God’s sake, and it has to stop,” Biden said.

It appears impossible to bring in legislative measures for greater control of weapons.

The Democrats have a narrow majority in the Senate and would need the support of at least 10 Republicans for such a bill to pass. EFE


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