According to authorities, seven people
were killed and 33 others were injured in four separate late-night and early-morning mass shootings
, South Carolina
, and New Jersey
According to authorities in each state, no arrests had been made in any of the incidents as of Sunday morning, including the deaths of two girls, ages 14 and 16, and no arrests had been made in any of the incidents as of Sunday morning.
party in Cumberland County, New Jersey, was one of the most violent events in terms of victims, according to state police
, where a 30-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were fatally shot and 12 other adults were taken to area hospitals for gunshot wounds sustained just before midnight Saturday, with one of those injured in critical condition, police said.
“No arrests have been made, and the motive and incident are still under investigation
,” the state police department said in a statement released on Sunday.
According to local station WCSC, a 14-year-old girl was killed and 13 others were injured after a fight broke out at an unauthorized outdoor concert in North Charleston around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
A few hours later, around 2 a.m. Sunday, a shooting outside a bar in Youngstown, Ohio, killed three people and injured three more, according to police, who said they are still speaking with several people and investigating the scene.
A 16-year-old girl was killed and five other teenagers were injured in a shooting in Columbus, Ohio, just before midnight Saturday, according to police, who said two other teenagers were taken to hospitals for non-gunshot injuries sustained while fleeing the scene.
The teenagers were attending a music
party at a downtown amphitheater that had been promoted on social media
when shots rang out shortly before midnight, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
According to records kept by the nonprofit research
group the Gun Violence
Archive, mass shootings, defined as events in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter, have increased significantly in the United States over the last few years.
Last year, there were more than 600 reported mass shootings, while 2019 saw 417, an increase from the 337 reported in 2018. This year is also shaping up to be significantly violent, with 223 mass shootings reported as of this month, according to the GVA.