USA: Biden calls for assault weapons ban after California witnesses third mass shooting in three days

At least eight people were injured and one was killed in a shooting at an Oakland gas station Monday night (January 23), San Francisco Bay Area police said, the Associated Press reported. The incident in Oakland took place hours after two other mass shootings in California, United States. The state has now witnessed three mass shootings in three days.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden, in light of these mass shootings, urged Congress to ban assault weapons. “We know that the scourge of gun violence across the United States requires stronger action,” Biden said in a statement Tuesday, according to AFP.

He added: “Once again, I urge both houses of Congress to act quickly and deliver this Assault Weapons Ban to my desk, and take steps to keep American communities, schools, workplaces and homes safe.” “.

In the context of the third incident, the Oakland Police Department, in a statement, said officers were dispatched to Macarthur Boulevard shortly after 6:00 p.m. (local time) after being notified of a multiple-person shooting. . The alert was sent by ShotSpotter, which is a gunshot detection technology, CNN reported.

However, upon arriving at the Valero gas station, they found “several casings” but no victims, police said. They later received multiple notifications from local hospitals and learned that those shot had brought themselves in for treatment of their gunshot wounds. The police department also said one person had died at the hospital while others were in stable condition, the AP reported.

According to local media reports, at least 19 shots were fired. Notably, the incident attracted far less attention and no arrests have been made so far, while other details have not been released. However, officials said the identity of the deceased victim is withheld until the family is notified.

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The shooting took place hours after two shootings in Half Moon Bay in Northern California, 24 miles (38 kilometers) southwest of Oakland, where a gunman killed seven people. “The Sheriff’s Office is responding to a mass shooting incident in the area of ​​(Highway) 92 and the City limits (Half Moon Bay),” the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.

The statement added: “The suspect is in custody. There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time.” The two shootings reportedly took place at two farms, Mountain Mushroom Farm and Rice Tucking-Soil Farm. Officers later arrested Chunli Zhao, 67, on suspicion that he was found in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation, San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus said.

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After the incident in Half Moon Bay, California Governor Gavin Newsom took to Twitter, saying: “At the hospital meeting with the victims of a mass shooting when I was pulled aside to inform me about another shooting. This time in Half Moon Bay”. Tragedy upon tragedy.”

(With contributions from agencies)

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