The Maryland chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement in response to a shooting this afternoon outside a Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Parole, Maryland in which a man shot and killed a man and a woman before shooting himself. Although the investigation is ongoing, police believe this to be a targeted shooting.
“It is sickening to know that nowhere is safe from senseless acts of gun violence — we must stop treating conflicts with bullets,” said Melissa Ladd, a volunteer with the Maryland chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Our thoughts are with the families of those who were killed in this tragic shooting and we hope that leaders at all levels will continue to prioritize common-sense gun safety laws because we know that more guns, in more places, does not make us safer.”
In an average year in Maryland, 796 people die by guns and 1,363 people are wounded. Gun violence costs Maryland $10.5 billion each year. More information on gun violence in Maryland is available here.