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Initial Reports Indicate At Least 10 Teenagers Injured; Suspect Reportedly in Custody
MOBILE, Ala. — The Alabama chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Students Demand Action, both a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement in response to a shooting at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, on Friday night. Initial reports indicate that the shooting began toward the end of the LeFlore High School vs. Williamson High School football game, and that at least 10 teenagers ages 15 to 18 were injured. Initial reports indicate at least nine of the injuries were by gunfire, and five had critical injuries. At least one suspect is reportedly in custody.
“It’s heartbreaking to learn that, what should have been a fun night out with friends, was marred once again by gun violence,” said Justin Smith, a volunteer with Students Demand Action from Birmingham, Alabama. “We should be able to watch a high school football game without fearing for our lives, the same as we shouldn’t fear going to school, shopping for school supplies or attending a place of worship. Gun violence in America can be prevented by common-sense gun laws, and it’s far past time that our leaders took action to protect us.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs