Easter Weekend in US Sees 3 Mass Shootings—at Mall, Club, and Airbnb Party

Three mass shootings across the United States left at least two people dead and 32 others injured throughout Easter weekend.

The violent weekend saw shootings at a lounge and a mall in South Carolina, as well as an Airbnb party in Pittsburgh.

In total, there have been 139 mass shootings in the United States so far in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive, an organization that tracks shootings across the country. It defines a mass shooting as four or more people shot in a single incident not including the shooter.

In Furman, South Carolina—a rural community about 50 miles north of Savannah, Georgia—an unidentified person opened fire at Cara's Lounge early Sunday morning, striking and injuring at least nine people, according to local news station WLTX.

No deaths had been reported by Sunday afternoon, and the severity of the injuries remained unknown.

Easter weekend sees three mass shootings
Three mass shootings across the United States left at least two people dead and 32 injured over Easter weekend. Above, police tape is seen in Park City, Kansas in February 2005. Larry W. Smith/Getty Images

Details of the circumstances surrounding the shooting remained limited Sunday evening. It remains under investigation by the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division.

Only one day earlier, a separate mass shooting occurred in a mall in Columbia, South Carolina, the state capital located about 100 miles north of Furman.

Fourteen people suffered injuries after a shooter opened fire in the Columbiana Centre mall, though no one was killed. Victims were as young 15-years-old, while the oldest victim was a 73-year-old woman who was still receiving medical treatment earlier Sunday.

Police have arrested 22-year-old Jewayne M. Price in connection to the shooting and expect to charge him with unlawful carrying of a pistol. He may later face other charges, as well.

Police believe the shooting was an isolated incident that likely stemmed from an ongoing conflict.

"This was not a situation where we had some random person show up at a mall to discharge a firearm [and] injure people," Columbia Police Department Chief Chief W.H. 'Skip' Holbrook said during a press briefing.

Meanwhile, two people—both of whom were juveniles—were killed and nine others were injured during a third mass shooting at party in a Pittsburgh Airbnb early Easter Sunday.

Police responded to the shooting just after 12:30 a.m. and found "several young people" running from the area. Some of the 200 party attendees attempted to flee by jumping out of windows. As many as 50 rounds were fired inside the Airbnb, and several more were fired outside.

In total, there have been 139 mass shootings in the United States so far in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive, an organization that tracks shootings across the country. It defines a mass shooting as four or more people shot in a single incident not including the shooter.

The violent Easter weekend follows a mass shooting on a New York City subway on Tuesday. A man threw two smoke grenades and shot passengers on the Manhattan-bound train. Twenty-nine people were injured, 10 of whom suffered gunshot wounds. Police arrested the alleged shooter Frank James on Wednesday.