Two teens have been charged with murder in connection to a mass shooting at a Sweet 16 birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama that left four people dead and 32 injured. The shooting occurred on April 18th, 2021, and the teens, aged 16 and 17, were taken into custody shortly after.
The shooting occurred at a large gathering of people celebrating the 16th birthday of a local teen. Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing people fleeing the scene. The police arrived shortly after and found four people dead and 32 injured. The injured were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
The two teens were arrested and charged with four counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. They are being held in a juvenile detention center and are awaiting trial. The motive for the shooting is still unknown.
This tragic event is yet another example of the devastating effects of gun violence in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, firearms are the second leading cause of death for people aged 1-17 in the United States. In 2019, there were over 14,000 gun-related deaths in the United States.
The Dadeville shooting is a reminder of the need for stricter gun control laws in the United States. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence advocates for stronger gun laws, including universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and banning assault weapons. These measures are necessary to reduce gun violence and save lives.
This content was originally sourced from CNN.