Man Shoots Girlfriend Then Turns Gun On Himself At Dollar General Store

A man shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself outside a Louisiana Dollar General store, according to a report.

According to KLFY, the man shot and wounded his girlfriend before he shot (and killed) himself in the parking lot of the store in Ville Platte, on Sunday morning.

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue told the outlet the fatal shooting happened at around 11:20 a.m. at the Tate Cove Road store.

When officers arrived, they found the man dead in the parking lot from the apparent gunshot wound, according to the outlet.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital in a private vehicle. Her current condition is unknown, Lartigue told KLFY.

He added the couple arrived at the Dollar General store together before the shooting happened, although it is not known what happened in the moments leading up to the shots being fired.

The pair went into the Dollar General store together before the shooting happened in the parking lot outside.

Neither the victim or the shooter have been identified by law enforcement as of Monday morning.

Newsweek has contacted Ville Platte Police for comment.

According to the website Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings across the U.S., found there had been 344 murder-suicide incidents across the country.

Last year, the murder-suicide rate was 573, this was down on the 2019 figure of 632, which was the highest number in the past seven years.

A study called Guns and Violence Against Women (last updated in April this year), found every month an average of 57 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner.

President Joe Biden declared he would tackle gun violence in the U.S. and also ordered his administration to prioritize delivering aid to communities affected by violent crimes.

The President previously declared gun violence to be "an epidemic" and "an international embarrassment," but has proven unable to stop it since he entered the White House in January.

However, the President's approval ratings on the issue recently slumped to a low of 37 percent, according to a poll conducted by ABC News and Ipsos between July 23-24.

A massive 61 percent disapproved of President Biden's actions.

Last month, Attorney General Merrick Garland pledged to address the surge in gun violence in Chicago, New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco with a crackdown on gun trafficking and a pledge to drive additional funding to neighborhood intervention programs.

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