Over the holiday weekend, at least six children lost their lives in gun shootings across the US – reported CNN.
These brutal killing have sparked calls from the officials to combat gun violence in their communities.
The innocent children of 6-14 years of age were shot and killed while they were doing their routine things – walking in the mall, riding in the car and playing in the yard.
On Saturday night in Atlanta, an eight-year-old angel Secoriea Turner was sitting in the car with her mother when someone opened fire taking away the life of a little girl. According to police, someone illegally placed barricades in the area where Secoriea was fatally shot.
Similarly, an 8-year-old kid was shot in a mall in Hoover, Alabama. Royta De’Marco Giles Jr. was on one of the victims caught in the crossfire between a group of men.
The incident took place on Friday inside the Riverchase Galleria mall.According to police, the suspected has been arrested and further surveillance is going to find a connection between the shooting and the child’s death.
Davon McNeal, an 11-year-old brutally shot by a group of five men in Washington DC while he was visiting his family there.
According to McNeal’s grandfather – the founder of the DC chapter of ‘Guardian Angel’ fighting against gun violence – his grandson jumped out of the car and ran into his aunt’s house to grab the phone charger when the suspects shot him in the head.
In Chicago, Natalia Wallace aged 7 years, was killed while she was playing in the yard with the group of children in Chicago’s Austin neighbourhood. According to Chicago police, three suspects jumped out of the light-coloured vehicle and opened fire on the group. Moreover, another 14-year-old was killed on July 4 due to gun violence.
Over the holiday weekend, not just the children, but elders were also the victims of gun violence in several cities across the US. According to NYPD statistics, more than 44 shooting incidents have been reported affecting nearly 63 victims in New York.
Even Chicago represents the same story; around 75 people had been shot over the weekend out of which 13 were critical as stated by CNN affiliate WLS.