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Companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods have already taken actions to use their economic leverage to curb gun violence.1
Walmart is one of America’s largest gun sellers and must be part of the movement to end gun violence. The company has taken some steps in recent years—but the stores are still selling weapons of destruction and selling bullet-proof backpacks at the same time. Walmart has the power to make a real difference, not just cosmetic changes.
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Three men have been killed and four wounded in a shooting in the US state of California after a late-night fight at a bowling alley.
The Torrance Police Department said officers responded to calls of “shots fired” at the Gable House Bowl in Torrance, a town about 40km south of Los Angeles, shortly before midnight on Friday
Multiple victims were found with gunshot wounds inside the gaming venue, which offers bowling, laser tag and an arcade.
Police said three men died at the scene and four male victims were injured, two of whom were transported to a hospital for unknown injuries while the other two injured sought medical treatment on their own.
“Investigators are currently conducting a follow-up investigation, and are working to identify the suspect(s) involved,” the department said in a statement.
Authorities have not released details about what led to the shooting, but witnesses said it stemmed from a fight between two large groups of people at the bowling alley.
Wes Hamad, a 29-year-old Torrance resident, was at the bowling alley with his 13-year-old niece and cousin when he saw a “huge fight” break out.
Hamad told the Associated Press news agency that the brawl, which lasted about five minutes, blocked the entrance of Gable House Bowl and devolved into “complete chaos”.
“I grabbed my niece and started running toward the far end of the bowling alley,” Hamad said. “As we were running, we heard 15 shots.”
As he was leaving, Hamad said he saw a woman weeping over a man who had multiple gunshot wounds to his head and neck.
Damone Thomas was in the karaoke section of the venue, a regular stop for him and his friends after work on Fridays, when people ran in saying there was a shooting.
The 30-year-old Los Angeles resident said his friend flipped over one of the tables to shield them as they heard gunshots.
Thomas told the AP he didn’t feel scared because he was “just trying to survive”. But when he was driving back home, he said he realised how traumatic the situation had been and he hasn’t been able to fall asleep.
“Closing my eyes, all I can see is the women against the wall crying, not knowing what to do,” he said.
The US has long dealt with the issue of mass shootings. In the first four days of 2019, there have been five mass shootings that resulted in five deaths, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a group that tracks such incidents.
Both Thomas and Hamad said they had never witnessed any violence at Gable House Bowl in the past, but Hamad said he had stopped going for a while because he heard someone with a gun was recently seen there.
“I definitely won’t be going back any more,” he added.
According to health authorities, nearly 40,000 people died in the US as a result of firearms in 2017 – a figure that includes suicides.
California is going to ban anyone under 21 from buying rifles, shotguns and semiautomatic weapons.
California, which is believed to have one of the toughest gun laws in the United States, is going to make it stricter in 2019.
The state is going to ban anyone under the age of 21 from buying rifles, shotguns and semiautomatic weapons. It is also contemplating a lifetime ban on gun ownership for California residents convicted of serious acts of domestic violence.
A doctor, a newly graduated pharmacist and a police officer were killed after a gunman opened fire at a hospital in Chicago, police say.
The gunman was seen arguing with the doctor, Tamara O’Neal, who he had been in a relationship with, before shooting her and turning his gun on others.
The shooter, named as Juan Lopez, 32, also died but it is not clear if he was killed by police or took his own life.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the attack “tears at the soul of our city”.
“It is the face and a consequence of evil,” he said, adding that the three victims were “all going about their day, all doing what they loved”.
The shootings began with a row in the Mercy Hospital car park between the gunman and Dr O’Neal at about 15:00 local time (21:00 GMT) on Monday.
When a friend of the doctor’s tried to intervene “the offender lifted up his shirt and displayed a handgun”, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
As the friend ran for help, gunfire broke out, witnesses said.
One witness, James Gray, told reporters he saw Dr O’Neal fall to the ground and then the gunman “stood over her and shot her three more times”.
When police arrived, the gunman then moved into the hospital, shooting at random and killing pharmacist Dayna Less who was getting off an escalator at the time.
In an exchange of fire with the gunman, police officer Samuel Jimenez was killed. A second police officer avoided injury after a bullet fired in his direction became lodged in his gun in his holster.
Hospital patients scrambled to find cover under desks, police and Swat teams moved through the hospital in search of the gunman, and officers locked down hospital wings, including the nursery.
Hector Avitia, who was in the hospital waiting room with his wife, told the Chicago Tribune that he tried to get people away from windows as the bullets started flying.
“I’ve heard shootings,” he said. “I’ve known people that have died in the neighbourhood like that. But something like that? No.”
“He was just shooting like a maniac,” he continued. “And he obviously knows how to shoot because he was holding the gun with both hands.”
What more do we know of the victims?
Dr O’Neal was an emergency physician at Mercy Hospital on Chicago’s South Side. Dr Patrick Connor, director of the hospital’s emergency department, said she had been “dedicated to caring for her community – a wonderful individual”.
Charlie De Mar
Dr. Tamara O’Neal was shot and killed inside the hospital where she worked. @cbschicago
The gunman and Dr O’Neal had been engaged, and were had been planning to marry on 27 October – but that date passed without a wedding, according to CBS Chicago.
Dr Connor said Dr O’Neal had graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 2016, and had been raising money for disadvantaged children while also leading her church choir.
After completing her first degree from Purdue University, she worked two jobs before beginning medical school, according to her hospital bio.
Dr Connor also paid tribute to 25-year-old Dayna Less, saying she had joined the hospital in July as a first-year pharmacy resident and was a recent graduate of Purdue University.
Chief Terence Monahan
#ChicagoPolice Officer Samuel Jimenez died a hero today. He was killed doing what cops do — running into the danger to save others. Sending our condolences and prayers to Officer Jimenez’s family and everyone at @Chicago_Police. #NeverForget
Police officer Samuel Jimenez was a 28-year-old married father of three young children. “We cannot thank him enough for his courage and bravery today,” Dr Connor said.
The officer who was shot at but escaped injury during the incident shared images of a bullet embedded in the side of his gun, Chicago news broadcaster ABC7 reported.
ABC 7 Chicago
Shots were fired at a 2nd CPD officer in the Mercy Hospital Shooting, but he wasn’t injured. Instead, the bullet struck his holster and embedded itself in his gun: https://abc7.ws/2zkwpd2
The city of Thousands Oaks, California, is mourning after a former marine opened fire at a country music bar Wednesday night, killing 12 people, mostly students. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February. Police have identified the gunman as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a Marine veteran who had deployed to Afghanistan and had a history of mental health issues, including possible PTSD. The dead include 27-year-old Telemachus Orfanos, who survived the deadly Las Vegas massacre at a country music festival last year, only to be gunned down Wednesday night. We speak with Sarah Dachos, a Navy veteran and volunteer with the D.C. chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and a founding member of the Everytown Veterans Advisory Council.