HIGHLAND PARK, UNITED STATES (AFP) – The deadly shooting spree at a July 4th (Monday) parade in a suburb of Chicago, which left at least six dead and two dozen more wounded, is only the latest in a particularly brutal spate of gun violence in the United States.
This one, which President Joe Biden called “senseless,” came on a holiday meant to celebrate American independence – a day typically reserved for family summer fun, including at community parades with marching bands and other entertainment.
The United States has suffered 309 mass shootings so far this year, including at least three others beside the Illinois one, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
It defines mass shooting as one in which at least four people are wounded or killed, not including the shooter.
Here is a brief look at six high-profile mass shootings so far this year:
Six people are found shot dead during a welfare check on a home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A 34-year-old man has been charged with the murders, in which appeared to be a robbery gone wrong.
Six people are killed in an apparent gun battle that erupted as nightclubs were emptying in downtown Sacramento, the state capital of California.