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Pennsylvania Moms Demand Action, Everytown Respond After Mass Shooting in Fayette County

Reports Indicate Five People Were Shot and Killed and a Sixth Person Was Injured

Shooting Is the First Mass Shooting in 2018 and 177th Since 2009

Gun Violence by the Numbers (and Visuals) Available Here

MELCROFT, Pa.
– The Pennsylvania chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today issued the following statement in response to reports of a mass shooting at a car wash in Melcroft, Pennsylvania.

While details are a still unfolding, reports indicate that at least five people were shot and killed and a sixth person was injured during a shooting at a car wash in Melcroft early this morning.

Research by Everytown for Gun Safety shows that this is at least the 177th mass shooting since January 2009, and the first mass shooting this year. Everytown’s analysis of mass shootings from 2009 to 2016 is available here.

Everytown defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people, not including the shooter, are killed with a firearm.

STATEMENT FROM JENNA PAULAT, VOLUNTEER WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:

“We’re thinking today of each of the families affected by this horrific shooting. Once again, we woke up to tragic news reminding us we have to each do all we can to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania and across the country.”

STATEMENT FROM SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:

“This morning, we woke up to the horror of yet another mass shooting in America, this time at a car wash in Pennsylvania. Our hearts go out to the families of those shot and killed, and injured this morning, to the community of Melcroft who are in mourning, and the first responders on the scene. More than 90 Americans are killed by gun violence every day and hundreds more are injured. It is far past time for our leaders to step up and take action to stop this crisis.”