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The Ubiquity

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The Ubiquity

Multiple Shootings on Halloween Weekend

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Picture by Addison Nicoll

Many parties are held the weekend before Halloween, and people often enjoy themselves during nighttime. With the amount of people out and about, shootings were bound to happen. Places such as Chicago, San Antonio, Atlanta, and many other cities experienced shootings, leaving people dead and injured.

The two cities that experienced the most injuries and murders were Chicago and Tampa. In Chicago, one party had 15 people shot and injured. The shooting happened on Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 AM. The 15 people shot were aged 26 to 53, six being female and nine male. The removal of the perpetrator from the party caused him to return with a handgun. The building where he discharged the weapon had around 100 people inside of it. After the shooting, police later caught the suspect, took him into custody, and found a handgun on him. The suspect is a 48-year-old male and  charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder, 15 felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm in an occupied building. 

In Tampa, 16 people were injured and two died. An argument between multiple individuals initiated this shooting. During the early morning of Sunday, October 29, at approximately 2:47 AM, gunshots were heard, and many fled the area of the 1600 block of E. 7th Ave. The two victims who lost their life was a 14-year-old and a 20-year-old. Most victims injured had non-lethal injuries, and a few were discharged from the hospital after the shooting. The suspect is a 22-year-old male currently fighting his case in court. The suspect states that six males approached him aggressively, and he acted in self-defense by letting off two rounds. The suspect fled following the shots, and after, there were additional gunshots by other people. The two other shooters are still under investigation and have not been found.

Across the United States, many other shootings occurred during the weekend. Shootings in 6 different cities left 29 people injured and seven dead. These shootings do not appear in just big cities; they also happen in smaller towns and can be just as deadly. There was a shooting that took the lives of three people over the weekend in Texarkana, TX. Shootings in the United States have become more prevalent in recent years. The events over the weekend leave a stark reminder that nobody is safe. The need for control of firearms and mental health services is necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of all.

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About the Contributors
Trent Elder, Staff Writer
Hello everyone, my name is Trent Elder and I am a senior this year at QHHS. This is my first year on the school newspaper staff, and I hope to improve my skills and gain new knowledge in writing. I am taking a few AP classes as well as honors classes. I plan to produce articles that will leave the reader feeling knowledgeable on various topics. Some things I like to do are going for hikes, working out, and taking naps. I am hoping to enjoy my senior year, get good grades, learn new skills, and pass my AP tests. I am excited to start writing articles for The Ubiquity.
Addison Nicoll, Staff Writer
Hey! I’m Addison Nicoll and I’m currently a sophomore here at Quartz Hill High School! While I do enjoy writing, I do happen to enjoy drawing (usually dragons), reading and writing fictional stories (let’s be honest, reality is a downer sometimes), and I am a part-time crazy/weird person. I live on a family-run ranch where we raise goats and chickens, and have way too many pets (three dogs, two cats, two tortoises, two betta fish, and a rabbit). One of my main focuses is school, which DEFINITELY ALLOWS TIME FOR MYSELF. When I graduate, I want to work to become a Mechanical Analysis Engineer in, hopefully, the Aerospace Industry. After school, I’m on the QHHS Robotics FRC team and I also take Kung Fu-Karate and hip hop classes! But mostly, I like dragons, hehe.