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US rocked by 3 mass shootings during Easter weekend

By AP, published by CBC

 Hampton, S.C. – Authorities in South Carolina say they are investigating shooting at a club in Hampton County early Sunday that left at least nine people injured. It was the third mass shooting in the US over the Easter holiday weekend.

The three shootings in South Carolina and Pittsburgh left two minors dead and at least 31 people injured.

South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which is investigating, said in an email there were no reported fatalities in the early shooting at Cara’s Lounge in Hampton County. No information was immediately available on the severity of the injuries. The SLED says it was asked to investigate by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office. Hampton County is roughly 129 kilometres west of Charleston, S.C.

In Pittsburgh, Pa., meanwhile, two minors were killed and at least eight people were injured during a shooting at a house party. The shooting, which followed an altercation, happened around 12.30 a.m. during a party at a short-term rental property where hundreds of people had gathered — the “vast majority” of them underage, Chief Scott Schubert of the Pittsburgh police department told reporters.

The shootings on Sunday come just a day after gunfire erupted at a busy mall in the state capital of Columbia, S.C. Nine people were shot and five people were injured while trying to flee the scene at Columbiana Centre, Columbia Police Chief W.H. (Skip) Holbrook said Saturday. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 73.

The Columbia Police Department announced the arrest of 22-year-old Jewayne M. Price, who was one of three people initially detained by law enforcement as a person of interest in the mall shooting. Price is scheduled to have a bond hearing at 2 p.m. Sunday on charges of unlawful carrying of a pistol. It is not immediately known if Price has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Police said the 73-year-old victim continues to receive medical treatment, but the other victims have been released from local hospitals or will be released shortly.

“We don’t believe this was random,” Holbrook said. “We believe they knew each other and something led to the gunfire.”

The three Easter weekend mass shootings are in addition to other shootings in recent days. Last week, a gunman opened fire in a New York City 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, Calif., 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 early on April 10, authorities said. And in March, 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.


Top: A police officer works on the scene of a shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., early Sunday. Photo: Shane Dunlap/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP and published by CNC

Home Page: Law enforcement gather outside Columbiana Centre mall in Columbia, S.C., following a shooting on Saturday.  Photo: Sean Rayford/The Associated Press and published by CNC

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