DENVER – Ten people were injured on Sunday after a gunman appeared to have opened fire on a family gathering in a small park south of the city center.
Denver Police have asked for public assistance in identifying the shooters. Investigators said it appeared that the driving shooting was unrelated to the family gathering and occurred just before 5pm. None of the victims appeared to have suffered life-threatening injuries, police said.
“They are considered victims and we are working in that direction,” said Denver police spokesman Tyrone Campbell. “Sounds like it’s just a family reunion.”
Campbell said nine people were injured in the shooting, and the 10th was hit by a car while fleeing the shooting. Some of the victims were “young”, said Campbell, but declined to give further details. He said six gun shooting victims were taken to the hospital by ambulance and three people were taken by private car.
Byers and Pecos Park where the shooting took place is a small neighborhood park with a small play structure, nestled in a residential area west of Interstate 25, south of the city center.
Like many cities across the country, Denver is suffering waves of gun violence, and 38 people have died in murders as of the end of June, putting the city on the right track to be one of these years. bloodiest in at least a decade. According to Denver police statistics, the city saw 26 homicides last year.
“This is unacceptable,” Campbell said, urging anyone with information to call Denver police. “For now, we just need to help.”
While Black protests across the country focused on police violence against Blacks, there was also a wave of gun violence across the country inflicting many black communities. and the minority.
Although mass shootings that killed four or more people have fallen sharply this year, other non-suicide gun deaths are at a higher rate than last year, according to the Archive. Gun Violence. While the spike could have many causes, public health experts say the coronavirus pandemic is underway and the economic slowdown that follows, the political divide in the presidential election year and Nationwide conflict that broke out after the Memorial of George Floyd’s death all played a role.
“Something’s going on right now, these potential tensions,” said James Densley, professor of law enforcement and criminal justice at Chicago’s Metropolitan State University. “People suffered so long with the pandemic, and then we had an explosion of anger and grief after George Floyd was killed.”
In response to the violence, President Donald Trump deployed federal agents to several US cities under the auspices of Operation LeGend, naming LeGend Taliferro, a 4-year-old boy who was shot dead sleeping in Kansas City in late June.
Trump said more than 300 people were shot in New York City in June alone, and 414 people were murdered in Chicago by 2020, with about 2,000 Chicago people shot so far this year.
When he announced rollout operations, including Kansas City, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee, Trump tied the wave of violence to Black Lives Matter protests and an attempt to discredit the scene agencies. closely monitor and redirect their funding to alternative approaches.
“This outbreak of violence shocked our nation’s conscience and we won’t watch it happen,” Trump said. “Can’t do that.”
Contribution: Associated Press
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