A graduation celebration took a tragic turn early Sunday morning as a confrontation escalated into a deadly shooting at Mays High School in Atlanta.
Two teenagers, a boy and a girl, both 16 years old, were the victims in this distressing incident.
Reports reached local authorities around half past two in the morning, stating that shots had been fired at the premises of Benjamin E. Mays High School. A 16-year-old girl was found wounded on the scene and was swiftly transported to the hospital, where she died from her injuries. Not long after, a 16-year-old boy arrived at the hospital himself, nursing a gunshot wound, which the police later verified was from the same incident.
The incident didn’t originate at the school but was seemingly an offshoot of an unauthorized assembly that formed at the school’s driveway, following the dispersal of a graduation party elsewhere in the community.
While the identities of the victims remain undisclosed, the city is in mourning and shock over this tragic incident. The authorities are actively working with school officials to piece together the series of events leading to this unfortunate incident.
Gun Crimes: In the ongoing narrative of America’s complex relationship with firearms, statistics tell a tale that’s difficult to ignore. The Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit meticulously tracking gun incidents, lays it out in black and white. Here’s how it stacks up:
- 2020 Statistics
- Total gun-related incidents: 43,551
- Gun-related deaths: 19,379
- Gun-related injuries: 39,707
- Mass shootings: 612
- 2019 Statistics
- Total gun-related incidents: 39,707
- Gun-related deaths: 15,208
- Gun-related injuries: 29,613
- Mass shootings: 417
To Be Clear: These aren’t just digits on a page. Each statistic represents a life affected, a community shaken. And what’s more, these numbers tell us that the situation isn’t improving.