Nine people were injured in a shooting early Tuesday in Denver, and police arrested a suspect, authorities said.
The shooting – which left three of the victims in critical condition – happened about a mile from Ball Arena, where the Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat on Monday night to claim their first NBA title. It was not immediately known whether the shooting was connected to any post-game celebrations.
The shooting happened about 12.30am, Denver police said in a statement. It brought the number of mass shootings in the US so far this year to at least 291, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more victims are wounded or killed.
Despite the high number of mass shootings, Congress has been unable to enact meaningful federal gun control.
The violence in Denver came after three people were killed and three others were wounded after a shooting erupted during an argument over parking outside a birthday party in Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday evening.
Charles Robert Smith, 43, faces three counts of second-degree murder after being arrested in connection with the Annapolis shooting. He’s also facing three counts of attempted murder, three counts of first-degree assault and a firearms charge.
Authorities identified the Annapolis shooting victims as Nicholas Mireles, 55; Mario Antonio Mireles Ruiz, 27; and Christian Marlon Segovia, 25.
Nicholas Mireles was Mario Mireles’s father, their relatives told the local television station WBAL.
Danny Mireles, Nicholas Mireles’s 12-year-old son, told the outlet that he was grieving after witnessing his father and brother get killed outside their family’s car.
“He helped us out so much,” said another son of Nicholas Mireles, Eric Velasquez. “He tells us to get up – don’t give up. He says he’s proud of us – he says, ‘Make sure not to give up in life’.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Guardian staff and agencies
Published: 2023-06-13 14:39:20