5 dead in shooting at a gas station in Detroit . Suspect dead .


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Another mass shooting took place in America — this time, in Detroit, MI — adding to the list of the deadliest mass shootings in the nation’s modern history.

A nightmare unfolded Monday at 22700 Fenkell Ave after a parolee opened fire with a gun , police say, killing 5 people.

It was the sixth American mass shooting in 2018 .

Police said the suspect, George Anthony Davis Jr , was dead by suicide .

At a news conference, local authorities said the motive for the shooting was domestic violence .

Eyewitnesses recounted a terrifying scene: “When we first heard the shots, we had no idea what was happening until everyone started running,” one survivor said.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims.” The Vice President also sent condolences.

President Donald Trump said he “grieves for the terrible loss of life and sends support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack.”

“In the aftermath of this tragedy, we must come together and take action to prevent these tragedies in the future. We cannot accept this violence as normal,” said Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder .

Hundreds of Detroit residents stood and bowed their heads together at a vigil for those killed in a gas station mass shooting.

This is a developing story.

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Gun Violence News Summit 04.06.2021

Gun violence coverage changes now

On April 6th, members of the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Trace, The Guardian and others joined us to discuss a better future for mass shooting coverage.

Here is some of what they had to say:

“If we only talk about gun violence in the context of local crime reporting, or big national high-profile shootings, we’re missing swaths of stories and issues.”

“The media are telling us whose lives matter... Half the time there is nothing there for shooting victims in Philadelphia.”

“If a lot of the gun stories sound the same, it’s because a lot of the people writing them are the same, or coming from the same demographics.”

“Gun violence coverage is racist. Period.”

John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post and author of “Children Under Fire: An American Crisis” JohnWoodrowCox

Watch the full summit video here.

The first step towards more responsible gun violence reporting

1.  We pledge to cover gun violence like the unfolding health crisis it is.

Gun violence in America is an epidemic, killing more than 100 people every day. Rather than cover it as a series of dramatic, but unrelated, news events, we will provide sustained, thorough coverage of the causes of gun violence, its effect on different communities, and the solutions seriously being considered to contain it.

2.  We pledge to allocate the time and resources needed to cover this crisis.

Gun violence is a constant throughline of American life. It can impact any of us, at any time. But newspaper resourcing treats it like a rarity. We will re-prioritize gun violence in our newsrooms, carving out the appropriate time, staffing, education tools, and budget to make comprehensive gun violence coverage a reality.

3.  We pledge to acknowledge and address racist coverage.

Coverage of gun violence in most American media ignores the disproportionate impact on communities of color; it treats shooters and victims differently, depending on their race; it foregrounds the narrative provided by law enforcement. We will put an end to this practice, including more often highlighting the voices of people in the communities most affected, and standardizing the terms and definitions used in our coverage.

4.  We pledge to cover mass shootings as part of the larger gun violence problem.

Mass shootings represent a small percentage of gun deaths in the US but constitute a majority of the coverage. We acknowledge that dramatic, mass shooting events warrant attention. But they need to be covered as high-profile manifestations of a much larger, systemic problem, and seen as an opportunity to educate the public on the thousands of people who are dying outside of the media spotlight.

5.  We pledge to focus our resources on grassroots efforts.

It is true that many of the solutions to gun violence require national legislation. But local community organizations across the country are finding ways to address the problem at home. We will embed our reporters in these groups and with these community leaders, and profile their success stories.

6.  We pledge to learn the lessons of the pandemic.

The American media largely did an effective job of uncovering the structural problems surfaced by the coronavirus, from inequities in health care and vaccine availability to the disproportionate illness rates in Black and brown communities. We will apply these lessons to gun coverage, focusing less on high-profile drama, and more on the underlying causes of this uniquely American tragedy.

Join this movement. Sign your name to the Gun Violence Coverage Commitment to pledge to change the way you report gun violence.

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