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America’s epidemic of mass shootings got even worse Wednesday, with ten people injured in two separate incidents. Wednesday’s shootings come just two days after the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada — the deadliest mass shooting in history, with 58 people killed.

WPDE in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina reported Wednesday afternoon that at least five Florence police officers¬†were shot by a suspect who has not yet been identified. In a tweet sent Wednesday evening, Florence County’s Emergency Management Division advised local residents to keep away from the Vintage Place area on Hoffmeyer Road until further notice. Shortly after 6 PM Eastern, the city’s emergency managers tweeted that the suspect had been apprehended.

A resident posted to Facebook that officers responding to the scene told her that three Florence County deputies and two officers with the City of Florence Police Department had been shot, though it wasn’t immediately clear how serious the injuries to the officers were. West Florence High School went into lockdown, though no word was given on whether or not the shooter posed a danger to the school.

Elsewhere in America, five people were injured Wednesday in a mass shooting in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. 3 CBS Philly reported that a 23-year-old man, two 19-year-old men, and a 20-year-old man sustained injuries in the shooting. Those four are listed in stable condition. However, a fifth victim — a 20-year-old man who was shot in the head — is currently in critical condition. Nothing is known about the shooter other than that they were firing from a moving vehicle.

According to the Gun Violence Archive — which collects data on all gun-related injuries and deaths in the U.S. using 2,500 different sources — there have been 272 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2018 so far, averaging nearly one per day. The GVA classifies any shooting incident as a mass shooting if there were four or more people killed or injured in the attack, not including the shooter.

There were 346 mass shootings in 2017, according to the GVA. If the current rate of mass shootings continues, 2018 will be an even deadlier year than last year.


Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.

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