A dozen people died and about 50 were injured in different shootings that took place this weekend in USA, after President Joe Biden last month called gun violence an “epidemic.”

The series of shooting incidents included deaths in New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio and Minnesota.

In all, the attacks claimed 12 lives and at least 49 wounded.

Two people were killed when shots were fired at a party at a house in Camden, New Jersey, on Saturday night, where at least 12 others were injured, according to police.

In South Carolina, a 14-year-old teenager died and 14 people were injured at a concert.

Meanwhile, police in Atlanta, Georgia, found three people shot to death early Sunday morning after responding to a call, US media reported.

Three others died and eight were injured outside a bar in Youngstown, Ohio, early Sunday morning, while a 16-year-old teenager died and seven people were injured in a park in Columbus.

A deadly shooting also occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the night before a march was held to honor George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer last spring, nearly a year ago.

In that incident, one person was killed and eight others were injured, one of them in critical condition. Minneapolis police told AFP that one suspect in the shooting had been arrested and another had died.

USA has suffered a series of mass shootings in recent months.

President Biden took six executive steps, including a rule to ban “ghost weapons,” as firearms made from homemade kits are known.

In addition to mass shootings, gun violence in general has skyrocketed across the country in the past year, one of the most violent in decades.

Arms sales increased at the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic. So far in 2021 there have been at least 200 mass shootings in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

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