In yet another mass shooting in the United States, gunfire broke out early Sunday morning inside a nightclub in Louisiana. 12 people were injured in what they are calling a “targeted attack.”
Violence broke out at the Dior Bar & Lounge in Baton Rouge at approximately 1:36 a.m. local time (CT), less than an hour after ten people were killed by gunfire in a dance hall in Southern California some 1,800 miles west of Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge Police Sergeant L’Jean McKneely Jr. said in a statement that all 12 people who were shot were transported to hospitals by either ambulances or private cars.
The injuries sustained by the remaining three victims were described as being “of a life-threatening nature,” An alleged reason for the assault that took place at 4619 Bennington Avenue was not immediately released.
The commander of the Homicide Division, Ballard, stated that “At this moment we can say that it is thought to be a targeted attack.” “No, this was not just some random act of someone showing up and randomly shooting folks of Baton Rouge,” the police chief said. “This was not just an isolated incident.”
“These terrible, preventable shooting tragedies are indicative of America’s ongoing gun violence issue,” Shannon Watts, the founder of the anti-gun violence group Moms Demand Action, said in a statement that was released to NBC News on Sunday.
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“There is no reason for us to live like this, and there is no excuse for our loved ones to pass away like this. We have a responsibility to demand that our leaders take the initiative and take action on all fronts in order to combat the plague of gun violence that is plaguing our country.