After night shots in California with six dead and twelve injured at the weekend, the police caught a suspect. A 26-year-old man was arrested on allegations of assault and illegal possession of a gun, the Sacramento police said on Monday afternoon (local time).
Police Chief Kathy Lester told KCRA that the investigation was “complicated”. One assumes several perpetrators. More than a hundred bullet casings were found at the scene, police said.
Three men and three women between the ages of 21 and 57 were shot dead in the Californian capital of Sacramento on Sunday night. Authorities announced the identity of the victims on Monday. Unknown persons had opened fire around 2 a.m. in a downtown nightlife area.
The shots were preceded by a major argument, Lester said on Sunday. Eyewitnesses reported chaos and panic in the neighborhood as people fled or took cover, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Biden calls for stricter gun laws
Following the recent events in Sacramento, US President Joe Biden reiterated his call for stricter gun laws. America is once again mourning the victims of gun violence, Biden said on Sunday evening (local time). But more needs to be done than mourn. “We must act,” demanded Biden. He called on Congress to enact stricter gun laws.
The gun lobby is very powerful in the US. Attempts to tighten the comparatively lax gun laws repeatedly fail due to resistance from conservative Republicans and the influential lobby. US states have their own different strict gun laws. Compared to Europe, however, firearms are much more readily available in the USA overall.
Fatal incidents involving firearms are a regular occurrence in the United States. Just over a month ago, a man shot and killed at least four people in a Sacramento church and then killed himself.
According to a count by the Gun Violence Archive website, around 45,000 people were killed by gun violence nationwide last year. Suicides were also counted. Since the beginning of the year, the website has already recorded more than 10,900 deaths.