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Police did not get Daunte Wright swift medical care, witness says
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Police did not get Daunte Wright swift medical care, witness says

Witness tells Al Jazeera police took ‘at least four minutes’ to get Wright out of car after shooting near Minneapolis.A witness has told Al Jazeera that she believes police took too long before beginning to administer medical care to Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop near the US city of Minneapolis last week. Officer Kim Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter in Wright’s shooting in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Potter said she mistakenly fired the handgun when she meant to use a Taser. Police say Wright was pronounced dead at the scene after being given medical attention that was ultimately unsuccessful. The medical examiner determined Wright died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, ruling the death a homici...
US mass shootings ‘a national embarrassment’: Biden
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US mass shootings ‘a national embarrassment’: Biden

After another mass shooting in the US, the president calls on Congress to ban military-style ‘assault’ weapons.President Joe Biden faced increased pressure on Friday to stem gun violence amid a rash of mass shootings across the United States, but he faces an uphill battle to significantly change the country’s permissive firearms laws. The day after an attacker killed eight people and himself at a FedEx Corp facility in Indianapolis, Biden insisted he could tackle the problem while also pushing a sweeping jobs package and working to rein in the coronavirus pandemic. “This has to end. It’s a national embarrassment,” Biden said at a White House news conference alongside Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Biden said Congress should ban military-style “assault” weapons and large-capacity a...
One dead, officer wounded in shooting at Tennessee high school
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One dead, officer wounded in shooting at Tennessee high school

Police say one male has died and an officer was injured after shots were fired at school in US city of Knoxville.Police in the US city of Knoxville, Tennessee, say one person has died and a police officer has been wounded in an incident at a local high school on Monday afternoon. In a statement shared on Twitter, the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) said law enforcement officers responded to a report “of a male subject who was possibly armed” at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville. “Upon approach of the subject, shots were fired,” the department said. The officer was struck at least once, police said and transported to hospital with non-life threatening injures. “One male was pronounced deceased at the scene, while another was detained for further investigation,” the KPD said in i...
What you need to know about ‘ghost guns’ Biden wants to regulate
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What you need to know about ‘ghost guns’ Biden wants to regulate

US President Joe Biden has issued actions aimed at regulating “ghost guns” – weapons that can be produced without serial numbers and other identifiers making their tracking difficult – seen as a growing threat by  US law enforcement and watchdog groups. Ghost guns can be produced in various ways, including “gun kits” and 3D printing. A kit consists of a collection of parts – typically referred to as “80 percent gun kits” – such as the barrel, trigger, spring sets and other necessary components. After the kit arrives, the owner is expected to complete the gun by machining components and assembling the firearm. They are not classified as firearms when sold due to what Attorney General Merrick Garland called a “regulatory loophole” at Thursday’s announcement of the measures. ...
US: Navy medic shoots 2 sailors in Maryland, is killed on base
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US: Navy medic shoots 2 sailors in Maryland, is killed on base

Authorities are looking for a motive in the attack, which left one sailor in critical, the other in serious condition.A United States Navy medic has shot and wounded two sailors at a military facility, then fled to a nearby Army base where security forces shot and killed him, police and Navy officials said. Authorities said they had yet to determine what drove 38-year-old Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet to open fire at the facility on Tuesday, located in an office park in Frederick, Maryland. The attack comes amid several high profile incidents in the US, including a shooting that left 10 dead in Colorado and a string of shootings that left eight dead in Georgia, both in March. “We’re still trying to… figure out exactly what the motive would be,” said Frederick Police Lieutenant Andrew Alcorn. ...
Mother tried to save 9-year-old boy in California mass shooting
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Mother tried to save 9-year-old boy in California mass shooting

One of the four fatal victims in a shooting rampage in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday was a nine-year-old boy who may have died in his wounded mother’s arms as she tried in vain to save him, officials said on Thursday. “It appears that a little boy died in his mother’s arms as she was trying to save him during this horrific massacre,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer told a news conference. “Our hearts today go out to the victims, and I’m here to tell you that we’re going to do everything in our power in the Orange County District Attorney’s office to get justice for these families,” Spitzer said. He said he will consider seeking the death penalty. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer talks during a news conference at the Orange Police Department headquarters in Oran...
US lawmaker calls for hate crime charges in Atlanta killings
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US lawmaker calls for hate crime charges in Atlanta killings

Legislators visit Atlanta-area spas to pay tribute to victims of attacks that killed eight, including six Asian women.A United States lawmaker is calling on authorities to lay hate crimes charges in relation to the deadly assault on spas in the Atlanta area this month, as a group of legislators visited the US city to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting rampage. Eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were killed in the March 16 attacks on three separate spas. The killings sent shockwaves around the country and fuelled fears among Asian Americans, who have experienced an increase in hate and acts of violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. US Congresswoman Judy Chu, a Democrat from California, said on Sunday that the shooter chose three Asian spas “where there was a certain...
Seth Meyers Rips Republicans Spewing ‘Same Bulls**t Line’ After Every Mass Shooting
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Seth Meyers Rips Republicans Spewing ‘Same Bulls**t Line’ After Every Mass Shooting

Seth Meyers on Wednesday ripped GOP criticism of Democrats who demand gun law reforms following mass shootings. “You guys repeat the same bullshit line every time we go through this awful ritual, that gun safety advocates are somehow rushing to politicize it,” said the “Late Night” host. “First of all, we have an epidemic of gun violence that killed more than 19,000 people last year alone,” noted Meyers. “A majority of Americans want gun safety reforms,” he said, and it’s “the politicians and their patrons in the gun lobby that are holding it up.” (The number Meyers cited was just gun homicides in 2020. The total number of gun deaths, including suicides, was more than 40,000.) “The people who suddenly decry politics when a shooting happens are the same people who put guns in their politic...