United States: three dead in two new attacks on educational establishments

United States: 3 dead in two new attacks on educational establishments

Due to the shootings, a student and two guards were the victims. Meanwhile, there is a detainee and a person who is a fugitive.

Three dead in two shootings. Again irrational violence in educational establishments in the United States. Two guards died at Bridgewater University in Virginia State . The other fatal victim was a student at a Minnesota college . For the attack at the University , there is a person arrested, while the one who murdered the school student managed to escape from the place.

The suspect, a 27-year-old man named Alexander Wyatt , was arrested by police and is charged with murder. Police reported that he has a “non-fatal gunshot wound” , although it is not yet clear if he was self-inflicted or if he was shot by officers.

Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin wrote on his official Twitter account that “the shooter is in custody, while local and state police are on scene.”

Following the initial investigation, no students were involved in the attack.

One dead and one injured in Minnesota

Around the same time in the town of Richfield, outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, another shooting attack took place. The balance was a deceased student and another wounded . For this fact, two suspects were later arrested, since they initially managed to escape from the place . The victim was identified as Jamari Rice , son of activist Cortez Rice, of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

The local police chief himself, Jay Henthorne, said that the shooting remains under investigation, trying to find out if it was an episode of these attacks that are repeated frequently in educational places or if Rice was the target of the assailants.

A problem without a solution

Carrying weapons – even those that are even considered weapons of war – is an almost impossible problem for state or national administrations to solve. The second amendment to the US constitution allows citizens to arm themselves for self-defense. It says : “A well-organized militia being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

The problem is that a broad interpretation of that amendment never ends up putting a limit on what types of weapons the civilian population can access. Beyond pendulum policies such as those of Barack Obama , who promoted severe restrictions on this issue, or Donald Trump , who encouraged the population to have weapons to defend themselves against crime. That inability to limit access to guns regularly makes news stories like the ones that happened almost simultaneously in two distant places within the United States.

So far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive , 1,545 people have been killed or shot dead in the United States , with more than 2,700 injured in these incidents. Just the first month of 2022.

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