Five people were injured and one was killed during a shooting at a softball game in an Atlanta park on Sunday, authorities said. Among the injured is a 6-year-old boy, Atlanta Deputy Charles Hampton Jr. said. during a press conference.
Officers responded to Atlanta’s Dunbar Park around 7 p.m. Sunday. “What we know so far is that there was some type of baseball, softball game going on, and some kind of altercation ensued, and the next thing you know, there was an exchange of gunfire,” Hampton said.
A man in his 30s was taken to the hospital and is now dead, Hampton said. A 6-year-old child was also injured and taken to hospital in critical condition. Hampton said investigators are still looking into whether the six victims were related.
“Right now, the other victims that we know of are stable,” he said.
“We are asking citizens to resolve the conflict without weapons,” Hampton said. “We’re asking people to go away, to let bygones be bygones. But any time we have a tragedy like this, any death is a tragedy. And since we have children who were also involved – again, we were told that there were a lot of people out here – this is not a place for gunfights. Leave the guns at home.”
The Birmingham Police Department is also investigating a homicide after a weekend shooting. Officers received reports of shots fired just after 3 a.m. Sunday, Officer Truman Fitzgerald said in a Facebook video. They found an adult female victim in a parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead.
Four other victims were taken to area hospitals.
Police believe several people were in the parking lot, where drivers were participating in exhibition driving activities such as burnouts. Tow trucks collided, leading to an argument. The dispute escalated and several people were shot. The police have one person of interest in custody.
In Cincinnati this weekend, a suspect opened fire on Main Street, killing nine people. None of the victims are in a critical condition, a police spokesperson said at a press conference. A policeman opened fire on the suspect, who fled. It is unclear if the suspect was hit. Police are still looking for the suspect.
The city also experienced another shooting in the city’s central business section, where two other people were shot, says the police spokesperson.
In Pittsburgh on Sunday, one person was killed and three others were injured during a shooting on the city’s north side. Investigators are still looking for the suspect(s), CBS Pittsburgh
There have been 405 mass shootings in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which uses local news and police reports to keep track of shootings. In 2020, there were 611 mass shootings during the entire year.
In 2021, the number of active shooter incidents in the United States increased by 52.5% from the previous year. From 2017 to 2021, active shootings increased by a whopping 96.8%,published earlier this year. The data included only active shooter incidents, characterized as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.”