A wave of mass shootings shakes communities large and small in the United States


Authorities line up outside the Columbiana Center mall in Columbia, South Carolina, following a shooting, Saturday, April 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)


Three mass shootings across the United States over Easter weekend capped a month-long wave of gun violence that has affected both major cities and small rural communities across the country.

The gunfire rocked large population centers such as Dallas, Pittsburgh and Sacramento, California, as well as much smaller communities including Hampton County, South Carolina, which has a population of 18,000, and Dumas, in Arkansas, which is home to about 4,000 people. .

A look back at some of the main shoots:

DALLAS, March 19

Ten people were shot dead at a spring break party for teenagers in Dallas and several others were injured as they tried to escape the chaos. One of the injured, an 18-year-old man, died of his injuries. The shots were fired at The Space Dallas event location. Joe Morgan, who worked in crowd control, told reporters he heard gunshots fired from outside the venue and then saw people with gunshot wounds to their chests, arms and to the legs.

DUMAS, Arkansas, March 19

More than two dozen people were injured and a man was killed when two people engaged in a shootout at a car show that is part of an annual community event. Innocent bystanders were pelted with gunfire, including several children, two of whom were under the age of 2, Arkansas State Police Col. Bill Bryant said.

DALLAS, April 3

One person was killed and 15 others were shot and injured during a concert on an outdoor pitch. The victims were between the ages of 13 and 29, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said. One person fired a gun into the air, then an argument broke out and another person fired toward the crowd, Garcia said. The event did not have a permit, he said.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 3

Six people were killed and 12 injured outside bars a few blocks from the state Capitol in a shootout involving at least five rival gang shooters, Sacramento police said. More than 100 rapid-fire gunshots echoed through the streets as terrified patrons ran for their lives and others were hit by bullets. Police said they identified at least five gunmen, but there could be more. Police said at least two gangs were involved.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, April 10

A shooting at a crowded nightclub in Cedar Rapids left a man and a woman dead and 10 others injured. More than 100 people were inside the Taboo nightclub and lounge at the time, police said. Officers helped treat the injured and used their patrol cars to transport several of the victims to hospital.

NEW YORK, April 12

A gunman set off smoke bombs and opened fire into a crowded subway car in Brooklyn, injuring 10 commuters and leaving the train car and a subway platform spattered with blood. After a 30-hour manhunt, police arrested a suspect near a McDonald’s on Manhattan’s Lower East Side after a tip led them there. Part of the evidence in the case includes YouTube videos in which the suspect complains about race, violence and his mental health issues.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina, April 16

A gunman opened fire at a busy shopping mall in South Carolina’s capital, injuring nine people, police said. Five other people were injured while trying to flee the Columbiana Center. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 73, but none of their injuries were deemed life-threatening, Columbia Police Chief WH “Skip” Holbrook said Saturday. Investigators believe those responsible knew each other and others were injured when they began shooting at each other.

HAMPTON COUNTY, South Carolina, April 16

A shooting at a nightclub injured at least nine people. The attack happened at Cara’s Lounge in Hampton County, according to the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division. Hampton County is located approximately 130 kilometers west of Charleston.


Two teenagers were killed and at least eight people were injured when a shooting broke out at a party at a short-term rental property. Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said there were gunshots inside and outside the rental home, “potentially back and forth.” Casings found at the scene indicated that handguns and a rifle had been used, he said. Police believe there were multiple shooters.

Lynn A. Saleh