SEATTLE, Wash. —- The Washington chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety grassroots networks, issued the following statement in response to a shooting at a hookah lounge in south Seattle. According to reports, three people were killed and six more people were wounded.
“Our hearts are breaking for the community and those impacted by this senseless shooting,” said Alisoune Lee, a volunteer with the Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action. “This tragedy is another reminder of the work ahead to tackle gun violence. It’s going to take all of us to continue pushing and fighting to eradicate this painful crisis.”
In an average year, 853 people die and 875 are wounded by guns. With a rate of 10.8 deaths per 100,000 people, Washington has the 40th-highest rate of gun deaths in the US. Statistics about gun violence in Washington are available here, and Everytown’s Gun Law Rankings – which shows how Washington’s gun laws compare to those of other states – is available here.