At least 14 people shot and 16 injured over Christmas weekend in US

Gun violence took a bloody streak across the United States over Christmas weekend, leaving at least 14 people dead – including a 3-year-old girl from Missouri – and 16 others injured.

Shootings were reported between Friday evening and early Monday in states coast to coast, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The holiday weekend got off to a grim start when a 19-year-old man, identified as Johntae Raymon Hudson, was shot dead during a fight at the Mall of America in Minneapolis early Saturday.

Police have arrested five teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting, which they believe stemmed from a long-running feud between two groups.

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot inside the Mall of America in Minneapolis after a fight on Christmas Eve.
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On Saturday, two men were discovered with fatal gunshot wounds at a home on East Tennessee Place in Aurora, Colorado.
On Saturday, two men were discovered with fatal gunshot wounds at a home on East Tennessee Place in Aurora, Colorado.
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In Colorado, Christmas Eve was marred by several shootings, including two separate double homicides in Aurora.

Police received the first call around 11 a.m. for a welfare check at a home on Boston Street, where they found two people shot and killed.

Hours later, cops were called to an address on East Tennessee Place, where they came across two men with gunshot wounds, Denver7 reported. Both victims died of their injuries in a hospital.

In Okaloosa County, Florida, Sheriff Corporal. Ray Hamilton was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call before 1pm on Saturday.

The five-year department veteran was shot dead when suspect Timothy Price-Williams, 43, allegedly opened fire on responding cops after a female victim said she was slapped and shoved by the suspect.

Cpl.  Ray Hamilton was fatally shot on Christmas Eve while responding to a domestic violence call in Okaloosa County, Florida.
Cpl. Ray Hamilton was fatally shot on Christmas Eve while responding to a domestic violence call in Okaloosa County, Florida.
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Shortly before 7 p.m. that day, little Quezariah Jackson was fatally injured inside her home in Kansas City, Missouri.

Police told station KCTV that although the shooting is under investigation, they believe it was accidental.

Christmas Day opened with more gun violence when shots were fired around 6 a.m. at an intersection in Philadelphia, leaving a man in his 30s dead.

A husband and wife were found dead in a murder-suicide at a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Thornton, Colorado on Christmas Day.
A husband and wife were found dead in a murder-suicide at a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Thornton, Colorado on Christmas Day.
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A second man in his 20s and a third man in his 40s were rushed to area hospitals with gunshot wounds. No arrests have been made so far.

Shortly before 3 p.m., Philadelphia police responded to the Sheraton Hotel on North 17th Street in Center City and found a man who had been shot in the forehead, according to NBC Philadelphia. He was later pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, in West Virginia, a family dispute led to a fatal shooting in the town of Cabin Creek on Christmas morning.

Authorities said a man called 911 around 8 a.m. and said he accidentally shot his brother, who died from his injuries, WOWK station reported.

Lt. Ana Pile of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said the shooter told detectives his family members were arguing and he opened fire to end the argument, but hit his brother inadvertently.

A man has been found dead from a gunshot wound to the forehead at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia's downtown district.
A man has been found dead from a gunshot wound to the forehead at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia’s downtown district.
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In Chicago, police conducting a welfare check just after 8 p.m. found a man dead from a gunshot wound to the head, CBS Chicago reported.

Less than three hours later, a 21-year-old man was driving on South Prospect Avenue when someone opened fire, hitting the driver twice in the back. The victim crashed his vehicle and later died in hospital.

Along with the two deaths, at least 13 people were injured in shootings in the Windy City over the holiday weekend.

Back in Colorado, there was more deadly violence on Christmas Day when a husband and wife were found dead in a murder-suicide inside a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Town of Thornton.

Police say the husband shot his wife and killed her, then turned the gun on himself before 9 a.m. “Suspicious devices” were later recovered from the Kingdom Hall, where the married couple were members, according to investigators.

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