At least 12 people were killed and dozens more were wounded over the weekend in gun violence and mass shootings in five states.
The shootings in Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia and South Carolina come amid a yearlong rise in nationwide gun violence and record firearm sales.
The latest violence erupted near a bar in Youngstown, Ohio, shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday. Three people were killed and three others were injured, one of them critically, after an incident inside the bar, Police Chief Carl Davis said at a news conference. He said authorities were searching for suspects and provided no other details.
Mayor Jamael Tito Brown said in a news conference that the shooting was “unnecessary” and that “it breaks my heart when we have young men and women” dying.
An hour earlier, three people were found dead from gunshot wounds in a condominium complex just south of Atlanta in South Fulton, Georgia. Authorities found the victims, who haven’t been identified, after a report of gunfire at 1:30 a.m., a police spokesman said.
It wasn’t clear what prompted the shooting, and no suspects had been identified, he said.