Reports Indicate 4 People Shot and Killed
Shooting is at Least the 21th Mass Shooting in 2019 and at Least the 3rd in Texas in Two Months
BEAUMONT, Texas — The Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement in response to reports that four people were shot and killed last night in a home in Beaumont. Beaumont police reported that a suspect has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder.
“We are heartbroken for the families of the four people who were shot and killed in their home last night,” said Hilary Whitfield, volunteer leader with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Last night’s shooting is another tragic reminder of the toll gun violence takes every single day in Texas. Our state has suffered enough bloodshed — it’s time for lawmakers to finally address this crisis with common-sense gun laws. We’ll keep advocating for the safety of our communities until they do.”
Research by Everytown for Gun Safety shows that this is at least the 215th mass shooting since January 2009, the 21th mass shooting this year and at least the 4th mass shooting in Texas this year. Everytown defines mass shootings as those in which four or more people are shot and killed, excluding the shooter. An analysis of 173 mass shootings from 2009 to 2017 showed that 59 percent of mass shootings took place in private homes.
Every day in the U.S. on average, 100 Americans are killed with guns, and hundreds more are shot and wounded.