Gun violence continues to unceasingly break into the open, endangering innocent citizens, with the report this afternoon of the evacuation of The Oaks Mall, in Thousand Oaks, California after a shooting there.
— Gretchen Wenner (@GretchenWenner) March 17, 2018
According to the Ventura County Star, initial reports say that two victims, one man and one woman, were injured in the shooting and transported to a local hospital. A later report indicated that at least one of the victims has died.
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An adult male wearing a dark jacket and tan pants was seen at the scene with a gun but police have not apprehended the suspect.
The mall remains on emergency lockdown as police search for the perpetrator and evacuate innocent bystanders.
The incident joins 11,273 other violent events related to guns that have taken place in the less than three months since the beginning of 2018, including 2,942 deaths and 5,035 injuries according to statistics from the Gun Violence Archive.
The continued proliferation of violent incidents demonstrates that action on gun regulation needs to be taken immediately and that the president’s impotent policies are doing nothing to curtail the epidemic of shootings that only a reduction in the number of firearms can contain.