Just days after the country’s deadliest event mass shooting this year and the subsequent manhunt for the shooter shook Maine suffered a series of shootings over Halloween weekend that left at least 10 people dead and dozens injured in several cities.
The rampage that killed 18 people and injured 13 others at a bowling alley and restaurant in Lewiston, Maine, last week was followed by an intensive 48-hour search for the shooter who permeated the area out of fear, closing schools and keeping residents behind locked doors. Police searched for the shooter, whose body was found Friday in a trailer at a recycling facility.
The attack is one of at least 580 mass shootings — in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter — that have been recorded this year across the country, according to the Gun violence archives.
Eleven of those shootings were recorded over the weekend alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
In Indianapolis, a Halloween party ended with one person killed and nine others injured when shots were fired early Sunday, according to local police.
Then, an argument between two groups erupted with gunfire as hundreds of people filed out of bars and nightclubs in Tampa, Florida, shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.
The shooting left two people dead and 16 injured, aged 18 to 27, authorities said. A 22-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting, Tampa police said.
“Lives lost and others changed forever. To what end?” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said in a statement about. “Poor split-second decisions and the proliferation of readily available weapons are responsible for these almost daily incidents. »
More than 1,000 miles to the north, at least 15 people were also shot early Sunday morning on Chicago’s West Side, Chicago police said at an event. WLS, CNN affiliate described as a big Halloween party.
Responding officers saw someone “shooting at the location where a gathering was taking place,” according to has THE Chicago Police Department. The person ran but was apprehended by nearby police officers, authorities said.
In Kansas, two men were killed and two others injured in a shooting following an altercation at a Dodge City restaurant and bar early Sunday morning. the police said. A suspect was arrested later Sunday after fleeing to Oklahoma, according to Dodge City Police.
In Lake Charles, Louisiana, a weekend party ended with six people shot after a fight broke out, deputies said. The injured were all aged 15 to 19, and a 17-year-old was taken into custody in connection with the shooting, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“It was a party full of teenagers. Once again, we need to understand how these guns end up in the hands of our children,” Sheriff Tony Mancuso said in a statement.
The weekend’s gun violence comes as America’s scourge of mass shootings continues. The Maine restaurant and bowling alley join a list of locations across the country that have become the scene of mass shootings this year, including one in Nashville. schoola Louisville banka California dance hall and a point of sale in Texas mall.
Almost 1 in 5 American adults reported that a family member had been killed by firearms, including homicide and suicide, according to a investigation published in April by the Kaiser Family Foundation. According to the survey, as many adults have been personally threatened with a gun, and about one in six adults have witnessed an injury from a shooting.
After Maine mass shooting suspect was found dead on FridayPresident Joe Biden reiterated his call for Congress to address gun violence.
“Americans should not have to live like this,” he said in the statement. “I once again call on Congressional Republicans to fulfill their obligation to keep the American people safe. Until that day comes, I will continue to do everything in my power to end this epidemic of gun violence. The Lewiston community – and all Americans – deserve nothing less.
Tampa police officers stand on the street in Tampa’s Ybor City after a shooting Sunday.
A 13 year old lost both parents over the weekend after the three family members were shot during an argument at a party in San Antonio, authorities said.
Officers responded to a call about the shooting around 9:40 p.m. Saturday and found five people had been shot, San Antonio police told CNN on Sunday.
A 20-year-old man was in the party’s courtyard and pulled out a gun during an argument, shooting a mother, father and their 13-year-old daughter, police said. The father then pulled out a gun and returned fire at the man, the department said.
The father, 40, and mother, 35, both died instantly. Their daughter was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to San Antonio police.
The first shooter and his relative were also shot and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
That same night, about 400 miles away in Texarkana, Texas, three people died and three others were injured in a shooting after a “fight” broke out between two men at a party in the back room of a business, according to Texarkana. Texas Police Department.
A man died at the scene, according to the release, and a woman and another man died at an area hospital.
Authorities were still working to “determine exactly what happened and who was involved,” Texarkana police said in a news release.
In Atlanta, a shooting near the Georgia State University campus early Sunday morning left four people injured, according to Atlanta Police. A large crowd had gathered in the area before the shooting, police said.
Two of the injured were students, Georgia State University President Brian Blake said. said in a statement.
Maine shooter investigated
Authorities were searching for the Maine mass shooter in Durham on Friday.
Authorities are still working to uncover what motivated the deadly attacks in Maine and investigate the history of the suspect, 40-year-old Robert Card.
The attacks started shortly before 7 p.m. The gunman opened fire on Just-In-Time Recreation on Wednesday, authorities said.
About 12 minutes after the initial calls from the bowling alley, authorities received several 911 calls about a shooter at Schemengees Bar and Grille Restaurant, about 4 miles from the bowling alley.
As paramedics treated the injured, officers launched a two-day manhunt for the shooter, which would end with the discovery of Card’s body in a box trailer in a Maine Recycling overflow parking lot. Corporation in Lisbon, Maine Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck said. a press conference on Saturday.
The card had recently been returned from the recycling center, a law enforcement source told CNN.
Two guns were found next to Card’s body, along with a note to his family, Sauschuck said.
“It’s a note to a loved one, and it says this is the passcode to my phone, here are the bank account numbers,” Sauschuck said during Saturday’s news conference. “I wouldn’t describe it as an explicit suicide note, but the tone and tenor was that the individual was not going to be there and wanted to make sure that this loved one had access to this phone and everything that it contained.”
Investigators are examining Card’s social media footprint as they search for motive, and also working to establish a timeline back to when he was found dead, law enforcement sources told CNN Friday.
The police visit to Card’s home weeks before the mass shootings is also now under the microscope.
Law enforcement officials say Card, a U.S. Army reservist and certified firearms instructor, had extensive training, including land navigation and firearms.
The Maine National Guard asked local police to check on the shooter. after a soldier became alarmed, he “snapped and committed a mass shooting.” according to information shared with CNN.
Officers from the Sagadahoc County and Kennebec County sheriff’s offices responded and attempted to contact the man on Sept. 16, less than six weeks before Wednesday’s massacre, documents show, according to a law enforcement source.
The responding officer later learned in a letter from the National Guard that a fellow Guard officer “feared that (the reservist) might snap and commit a mass shooting,” according to the report filed in health check.
CNN’s Raja Razek, Macie Goldfarb, Andy Rose, Shimon Prokupecz, Mark Morales, Linh Tran, Rachel Clarke, John Miller and Deidre McPhillips contributed to this report.