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Four killed, including suspect, in Wisconsin shooting

4 May 2015 10:34


A gunman has opened fire on passersby in the US state of Wisconsin, killing three and injuring one before being found dead himself, according to police.

The incident occurred on a walking and biking bridge in central Wisconsin Sunday night, said Aaron Zemlock, the Menasha Police Department’s community liaison officer.

Witnesses said they heard 10 to 12 shots and saw people running in both directions after the shooting began.

The person who was injured was treated after going under surgery at a nearby hospital.

The identities of the victims and the suspect have not been released.

The authorities did not say how the suspect was killed and no details revealed about what led to the shooting.

Each year, more than 32,000 people die as a consequence of gun-related violence, suicides, and accidents in the United States, which is by far the highest among industrialized countries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An average of 88 deaths occur per day due to firearm-related homicides, suicides, and unintentional deaths.

A non-profit website, called Gun Violence Archive, has recorded about 6,130 gun incidents in the country in 2015 (as of February 25). According to the website, 1,207 people have lost their lives to gun violence during the first 36 days of this year.

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