At least 26 people have died and dozens have been left injured as gun violence soared across America on Memorial Day weekend.
Philadelphia, Chicago and Maryland saw the worst of the shootings with 17 fatally shot, including eight in Pennsylvania’s largest city and 21 injured in the Windy City.
The deadly weekend came just a week after the massacre of 19 elementary school students and two teachers by an 18-year-old man with an AR-15-style rifle in Uvalde, Texas.
Salvador Ramos committed the deadliest US school massacre since the Sandy Hook shooting nearly a decade ago, going on a rampage at Robb Elementary before being shot dead by police.
Joe Biden kicked off the gun control debate in a speech delivered from the White House late Tuesday, just hours after the shooting, saying it is time to ‘turn pain into action’ and asking voters: ‘When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?’
Texas senator Ted Cruz has been at the forefront of the pushback, repeating well-worn arguments that ‘targeting the fugitives and the felons and the bad guys’ rather than the constitutional right to bear arms is the key to reducing violence.
Cruz is one of 50 Republican senators who are working to block the progress of two pieces of gun control legislation that were passed by House Democrats in 2021.
The first would strengthen background checks on those seeking to buy guns and the second would expand the period to review gun purchases to 10 days.
Five dead in Chicago
Up to five people were killed and 21 were injured in Chicago during the Memorial Day weekend, according to police.
A man was shot in the head in the city’s Chicago Lawn neighborhood at 1.31pm on Saturday and later died at Advocate Christ Medical Center, NBC5 reported.
Another two men, 29 and 28, were fatally shot when they opened fire on each other in the Englewood neighborhood at 5.04pm on Saturday. They later died at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
In South Carpenter, a man was shot in the head and body while standing on a sidewalk at 1.05am on Sunday.
The fifth fatal shooting occurred in West Madison at 6.40am on Sunday when a man, 33, was shot while driving eastbound.
Five were also injured in a mass shooting near Daniel Webster Elementary School, The Tribune reported.
This booking photo provided by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shows Skyler Buckner, 26, on Sunday, May 29, 2022
Oklahoma man turns himself in
Authorities said a 26-year-old man is in custody after one person was killed and seven people were injured in a shooting on Saturday night at an outdoor festival in eastern Oklahoma, where witnesses described frantic people running for cover amid gunfire.
An arrest warrant was issued for Skyler Buckner and he turned himself in to the Muskogee County sheriff’s office Sunday afternoon, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
OSBI said that those shot at the Memorial Day event in Taft, located about 45 miles southeast of Tulsa, ranged in age from nine to 56.
A 39-year-old woman was killed, OSBI said. The injuries of those wounded were considered non-life-threatening.
A woman said that she was lucky to escape the bullets as she dove for cover when her food was hit
Shooting in Memphis leaves one dead
One person was killed and six people were injured during a shooting on East Shelby Drive, Memphis, Tennessee, at 6.30pm on Saturday.
Two male victims were taken to Regional One Health in critical condition, where one died, according to Memphis Commercial Appeal.
In another shooting, near the intersection of Chelsea Avenue and Peres Avenue at 11pm on Saturday, two people sustained gunshot wounds.
Two killed in New York City
Two people were killed in separate shootings in New York City during Memorial Day weekend, according to police.
Donovan Davy, 45, was shot in Brooklyn and was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital, The New York Post reported.
Elsewhere, a victim was killed at an apartment complex in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
A man was also shot in Queens before 12am on Sunday and three others were hit by gunshots in Brooklyn.
Four dead in Maryland
Shots were fired in an amphitheater in Inner Harbor, Baltimore, at 7.35pm on Saturday killing a 17-year-old boy, it was reported by The Baltimore Sun.
Two men were also killed in a triple shooting on Saturday night and a woman was fatally shot.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said: ‘I am sickened that this plague continues to grip our city.
‘I will continue to push every public safety agency to do more, but it will also require all of us to collectively say enough is enough, that we’re not going to accept or allow violence in our city.’
Eight fatally shot in Philadelphia
Eight people were killed in Philadelphia, including a nine-year-old boy, while 12 people were injured.
A man, aged between 18 and 21, died of his injuries sustained in Overbrook on Sunday afternoon.
Another man, 30, was shot in the Mill Creek neighborhood and died of his wounds.
There was a double shooting in Kensington killing one man, a 49-year-old man was fatally shot in North Philadelphia at 9.30am on Sunday and a man was also killed in East Germantown.
News crews film at the scene of the fatal shooting , where food trucks were hit by bullets, in Taft, Oklahoma, on Sunday
In the Wissinoming neighborhood, a father and his son, 9, were killed in a drive-by shooting, according to NBC Philadelphia.
The shooting happened on Carver Street around 10.30pm. Police also said multiple weapons were involved and several shots were fired.
A one-year-old boy was killed in another drive-by shooting in downtown Pittsburgh.
One adult dead and three injured in California
One adult died and three teenagers were left injured in Fresno, California.
Police responded to gunfire and found multiple victims with gunshot wounds, Your Central Valley reported.
One killed at graduation party in Atlanta, Georgia
One person was killed at graduation party inside the Park Lane Event Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
More than 200 teenagers were celebrating the occasion when a gunman opened fire leaving two more injured.
Akeem Ellison, 18, later died at Upson Regional Medical Center, however cops have not made any arrests to date.
One dead in Florida
One person was killed at the exact same nightclub in Florida that a victim was killed three years previously.
According to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, shots were fired at the Blue Lounge club in Tampa at 3am on Sunday.