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Five people killed in Louisville gun violence

      5 workers were shot dead in a bank in Louisville, Kentucky by their colleague. 9 other staff members were injured during the attack. The police said that the attacker was killed on the spot however, it wasn’t clear if the attacker died due to the police gunfire or due to some self-inflicted injuries. 


The shooter was identified as Connor Sturgeon. He live-streamed the attack and died on the stop. However, the live stream video was taken down by Facebook and Instagram almost immediately. 


The Louisville Metro Police Department said that they are not sure if the shooter died of police gunfire or if he shot himself. Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel, the police chief reported that Sturgeon was armed with a rifle. The police received a call about the incident at about 8.30 am and responded immediately. 


According to officials, one of the deceased was identified as Tommy Elliott, a close friend of Andy Besher, the Kentucky governor. 


“These are irreplaceable, amazing individuals that a terrible act of violence tore from all of us,” the governor said of the victims.


Speaking about this incident, Joe Biden has urged Congress to pass a legislature requiring safe storage of firearms, background checks for all gun sales and elimination of gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability. 


Joe Biden said "How many more Americans must die before Republicans in Congress will act to protect our communities?” 


This is the 15th mass shooting in the US this year. About two weeks back, a former student killed three children and three adults at a Christian Elementary school in Nashville. The state governor and his wife’s friend were killed in this shooting. 


From Feb 17 through Feb 19 the US saw 10 mass shootings, which is the most violence seen this year according to data from Gun Violence Archive.  Mark Bryant, executive director of the Gun Violence Archive, said 10 mass shootings in a single weekend is "certainly high for this time of year." Research suggests gun violence in the U.S. typically increases during the warmer months.


Mass shootings in 2022 reached their peak in mid-July, when the U.S. witnessed 15 mass shootings over a regular weekend, according to Gun Violence Archive data. Over the long July Fourth weekend (Friday through Monday), there were 20.


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