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Shootout at a party in the US. Two persons hidden behind the bushes opened fire at the guests (about 100 people) during a private party. The gunshots injured 13 people, 11 men and 2 women, but no one was killed. It happened in Bridgeport, State of Connecticut.

Local police reports that the guests were all young people between 18 and 24 years of age. The gunshots came from behind the hedges that surround the rear yard of the building. A woman is in a serious condition and a man was shot in the face, but no one’s life is in danger. No arrests have been made yet because the police have not identified any suspects. The motive of this action is still unknown too. In the meanwhile, the shootout has reignited the controversy – which is actually never entirely dormant – on the improper use of guns.

One hundred and thirty-three shootings happened in the US in the first six months of 2016. The bloodiest in terms of the number of victims, took place in Orlando on 12 June, where a 29 year-old American of Afghan origin opened fire in a gay nightclub, killing 50 people and injuring 53 more. The state in which more shootings occurred is Florida (15), followed by California (14), and Illinois (11). Four out of the 15 shootouts in Florida took place in Orlando.

No other developed country has the same rate of armed violence as the United States. According to United Nations figures, homicide rate in the US is six times higher than in Canada, over seven times higher than in Sweden, and almost 16 times higher than in Germany.

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