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One Dead, Six Wounded in Downtown Portland Mass Shooting

Alexandra Tsuneta

There have been over 361 reported mass shootings in America this year

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One woman has died from critical injuries and six others were wounded in a mass shooting in downtown Portland early Saturday morning. Calls for gun regulations in America are steadily increasing.

The victims were taken from the scene by ambulance to the hospital where one victim, an unidentified woman, died from her wounds. Others had wounds of various degrees, however, none of them were life-threatening. There have been over 361 mass shootings in America this year with that number, unfortunately, steadily increasing. CNN defines a mass shooting as four or more people shot, not including the shooter.

Parts of Southwest Third Avenue were closed during the investigation, police said.

With states lifting COVID restrictions and warmer weather approaching, the surge of gun violence has reached exponential amounts. Unfortunately, now that some Americans are vaccinated and fearing COVID-19 less and less, there is a new threat: gun violence. The fear of a mass shooting while you are out to eat, getting groceries, or seeing a movie has many people continuing to avoid large gatherings.

According to CNN, "In the nation’s capital on Friday night, a 6-year-old girl was killed and five adults injured in a shooting in the southeast part of the district, authorities said. The child was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said. Three men and two women sustained non-life-threatening injuries, said Metropolitan Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict."

Gun legislation is needed now more than ever and many are calling for Washington to act.

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