Gunfire, shootings and panic mark the American weekend

A man shooting a gun killed shoppers in an Indiana mall food court. A shooting at a Houston home killed four people. A stand-up act by comedian Craig Robinson in North Carolina didn’t even start before club-goers ran from a man with a gun.

A man shooting a gun killed shoppers in an Indiana mall food court. A shooting at a Houston home killed four people.

A stand-up act by comedian Craig Robinson in North Carolina didn’t even start before club-goers ran from a man with a gun.

In Las Vegas, the specter of gunfire at the MGM Grand plunged the crowded casino into pandemonium following a panic that began with a shattered glass door.

As gamblers fled to the exits of MGM and others hid behind overturned card tables, professional poker player Daniel Negreanu was trampled in what he called a sad reflection of an anxious America plagued by armed violence.

“On the surface, other people would look at it and think it was an overreaction,” Negreanu said. “But it’s justified…because we live in a state of fear now.”

It was a false alarm in Las Vegas, but gun violence over the weekend left more than half a dozen dead or injured, including a 12-year-old, two 16-year-olds and an 18-year-old.

Fear of shooters has left more people on edge, and shootings — or panic because of their fear — were just the latest to hit America in 2022 after a school, church, grocery store and parade of July 4 in Highland Park, Illinois, all of which have become murder scenes in recent months.

Additionally, authorities released a damning report that criticized all levels of law enforcement — including the inaction of hundreds of federal, state and local officers — for a chaotic and reckless response on May 24 to a man gun that killed 19 students and two teachers inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Here’s a look at what happened this weekend:

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GREENWOOD, INDIANA

Three people have died and two have been injured after a gunman began firing into the Greenwood Park shopping center on Sunday night. An armed civilian shot and killed him, police said.

The shooter began shooting after leaving a bathroom in the suburban Indianapolis mall shortly before it closed, Greenwood Police Chief James Ison said Monday.

Witnesses described panicked mall visitors fleeing.

The dead were a married couple – Pedro Pineda, 56, and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37 – and Victor Gomez, 30, according to coroners’ offices.

A 22-year-old man who was legally carrying a gun killed the shooter, stopping the shooter “almost as soon as he started,” Ison said.

“Many more people would have died last night if not for a responsible armed citizen,” Ison said.

The three people who died are in addition to the 20-year-old shooter. The police did not yet know a motive.

Ison said the man used an AR-15 type rifle during the shooting, firing 24 rounds in two minutes. Investigators found another and magazines containing more than 100 rounds in the bathroom. They also found a handgun on the shooter.

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HOUSTON

Four people died after a shooting at an apartment complex in Houston on Saturday night.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said witnesses reported seeing several people, including the victims, shoot each other after they started arguing.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said those killed included two 16-year-olds, a 19-year-old and a 25-year-old.

The sheriff’s office has not identified the victims, a motive or a suspect.

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EAST GLACIER PARK, MONTANA

Two men and an 18-month-old toddler died after being shot on the Blackfoot Indian Reservation, a community of 17,000 people just outside Glacier National Park.

Two women were injured, including at least one gunshot wound.

Authorities said there were no other imminent threats to the public and declined to release further information.

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

Patrons waiting for the show to start at The Comedy Zone fled on Saturday night when a man waved a gun, told everyone to leave, then fired into the empty venue, police and witnesses say .

No one was hurt. The man, identified by police as Omar McCombs, pulled out the gun before actor and comedian Craig Robinson performed.

About fifty customers were inside.

McCombs, 36, was taken into custody and faces multiple charges, including assault. The police did not reveal a motive.

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LA VEGAS

People fled and overturned poker tables in panic over the mistaken belief that gunfire broke out at the MGM Grand hotel and casino late Saturday night.

Police found no evidence of gunshots; just a broken glass door in the valet.

Video posted to social media showed people rushing across the Strip, including video that showed officers approaching with weapons drawn and lowered as several people rushed in the opposite direction.

Negreanu said his wrist was bloody and injured in the scramble of fleeing people.

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TULSA

An 18-year-old woman was killed after an altercation that resulted in gunfire early Sunday morning at a downtown gathering place called the Center of the Universe, police said.

Police said she was a passenger in a vehicle when an altercation broke out between two groups of people. Gunshots rang out, hitting the woman and a building, shattering glass doors, police said.

Police received a call about gunshots and children “running all over the place” at the gathering place, a concrete circle known for its acoustic features.

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UVALDE, TEXAS

Sunday saw the release of a long-awaited report that laid bare the chaotic response to the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde.

The findings of a board of inquiry criticized both state and federal law enforcement, not just local authorities, for the baffling inaction of heavily armed officers outside as a man armed was firing bullets inside adjacent fourth-grade classrooms.

Nearly 400 law enforcement officials rushed to the school, but ‘extremely poor decision-making’ led to more than an hour of chaos before the gunman was finally confronted and killed, the report says drafted by an investigative committee of the Texas House of Representatives.

The shooter fired around 142 rounds inside the building – and it’s ‘almost certain’ that at least 100 shots were fired before an officer entered, according to the report, which states many failures.

The committee did not “receive medical evidence” to show that police storming classrooms earlier would have saved lives, but concluded that “it is plausible that some victims could have survived if they did not have to wait another 73 minutes to be rescued”. ”

Hours after the report was released, Uvalde officials separately released hours of body camera footage of city police officers responding to the attack.

Video of Staff Sergeant d’Uvalde. Eduardo Canales, the city’s SWAT team leader, showed the officer approaching the classrooms when shots rang out at 11:37 a.m.

A minute later, Canales said, “Man, we gotta get in there. We have to get in there, he just keeps shooting.

It was 72 minutes later, at 12:50 p.m., when officers finally entered the classrooms and killed the shooter.

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Associated Press reporter Claudia Torrens in New York contributed to this report.

Bobby Caina Calvan and Marc Levy (), The Associated Press