At least 12 people were killed and many more injured over the weekend in gun violence and mass shootings in five provinces.
The shootings in Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia and South Carolina came amid a year-long increase in gun violence across the country and a record sale of firearms.
Recent violence erupted near a bar in Youngstown, Ohio, just after 2 p.m. Sunday. Three people were killed and three were seriously injured, one after another, in an incident inside a bar, police chief Carl Davis told a news conference. He said authorities were searching for the suspects and did not provide further details.
Mayor Jamael Tito Brown at a press conference said the shooting was "unnecessary" and "breaks my heart when we have young men and women" dying.
An hour earlier, three people were found dead with gunshot wounds in a condom factory south of Atlanta in South Fulton, Georgia. Authorities found the victims, who have not been identified, following a report of a gunshot wound at 1.30am, a police spokesman said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the incident, but no arrests were made, he said.
Authorities in some cities have responded to the shooting on Saturday:
A 14-year-old girl was killed and 13 others were injured in an "unauthorized" concert Saturday night in North Charleston, South Carolina, officials said.
Two people were killed and 12 others were injured in a shooting at a birthday party in Fairfield Township, New Jersey, on Saturday night.
A 16-year-old boy was shot dead and five other teenagers injured in a shooting at the Bicentennial Park Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night.
Two people were killed and eight others were injured in a shooting in the city of Minneapolis on Saturday morning, police said.
The victims' ages and ages have not been released. An analysis of the 2019 U.S. fatal shooting data published this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Black men and boys were equally affected by gun violence.
The analysis found that black young men were particularly at risk. Although they make up only 2 per cent of the population, they account for 37 per cent of all homicides killed by gunfire in 2019, and were 20 times more likely to die from gun violence than their white counterparts.
It is unclear why the number of shootings last year has soared. Experts say the coronavirus epidemic and its impact on mental and physical health, social services and more are likely to play a major role.