Last night, Gonzalo Artemio Lopez, a 46-year-old sentenced to life in Texas, was killed in a shootout with police and managed to escape May 12 as he was being transferred from his Leon County jail to get a medical appointment. Before he is spotted and stopped by agents, the life inmate is suspected of murdering an adult and five children who were caught in their vacation home where Lopez took refuge.
Lopez’s escape already began with a violent act, when the prisoner, who managed to free himself from the handcuffs, stabbed the driver of the bus in which he was being taken. Then the car veered off the road and the detainee managed to escape into the fields. For weeks, 300 police officers have been roaming the entire area looking for him, but to no avail. A reward of $50,000 was also placed on him. Until yesterday, the five bodies were found in a house near Interstate 7 where a pickup truck, a Chevy Silverado, which police a few hours later was located near San Antonio, was stolen. After a chase, Lopez—who was armed with an Ar-15 automatic rifle and a pistol—opened fire on the officers who responded, killing him.
Meanwhile, in South Carolina, a man was formally charged with premeditated murder after authorities said he “fired several random shots at different passing cars,” resulting in the death of an 8-year-old boy. CNN reported this, explaining that the shooting dates back to May 28 and took place in Florence, South Carolina. The child was in the car with his father who was shot in the leg but not in danger of life, and his mother who was unharmed. The family, who are originally from New Hampshire, appears to have been on vacation in South Carolina.
A few hours earlier, in Iowa, there was a shooting in front of the church. Two girls were shot dead in the parking lot of Cornerstone Church in Ames, Storey County. Then the shooter committed suicide with the same weapon. At the time of the shooting, the church was full of young people for a weekly prayer meeting.
More shootings in the US: Killed two women in front of a church in Iowa and then committed suicide
“This time we have to do something” about guns, US President Joe Biden said in a statement: “It’s not about hijacking someone’s gun or defaming someone who legally owns guns” but “how many more carnage are we willing to accept?” To the nation after the mass shootings in the country rose to more than 200 since the beginning of the year. He stressed that current arms industry protections are “outrageous and must end,” calling Republicans “unconscious” who refuse to even begin debate in the Senate. Meanwhile, New York State is raising the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21.
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