Three were left dead and four were injured in a shooting over the weekend in North Carolina, The Hill reported.
The shooting reportedly occurred at a house party in Wilmington in the early hours of Saturday, just after midnight.
According to The Hill, the Wilmington Police Department said in a statement that officers were dispatched to the house after getting reports of “shots fired.”
“Upon arrival, they discovered a gunfight had erupted inside the home during a house party, and seven people were struck by gunfire,” the police said.
As of Saturday, Wilmington police were still working to notify the victims’ families, and hadn’t yet released their names, The Hill noted. A suspect also had not yet been identified.
“Our hearts go out to all affected by this senseless violence, and we ask that anyone with information surrounding this incident please come forward so that we may find justice,” the Wilmington Police Department said in its statement, which was posted to Twitter on Saturday.
Our hearts go out to all affected by this senseless violence, and we ask that anyone with information surrounding this incident please come forward so that we may find justice (4/5)
— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) April 3, 2021
A tragic trend
Sadly, the weekend incident in North Carolina is just the latest mass shooting — a term officially defined as a shooting with four or more victims — to rock the nation in recent weeks.
According to the Los Angeles Times, four were killed, including one child, at a shooting at an Orange County office last Wednesday.
Prior to that, 10 lives were lost in a Boulder, Colorado supermarket shooting on March 22, ABC News reported. Another eight were killed by a single gunman in a series of spa shootings in Atlanta that many called a hate crime.
Democrats have been attempting to use these shootings to garner support for heightened gun control measures, but many Republicans say such legislation won’t help. Notably, the shooter in the Boulder incident obtained his gun legally at a licensed firearms store after passing a background check, Breitbart reported.
The shooter in the Atlanta incident had also reportedly passed a background check to purchase his weapon.