Man shoots child playing hide and seek in Louisiana, US
The suspect is charged with aggravated assault and battery.
A man in Louisiana is charged with aggravated assault and battery after shooting at kids who were playing hide-and-seek outside his home and injuring a 14-year-old girl, as per the local sheriff’s office.
The girl was shot in the back of the head early on Sunday and was rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds, according to a statement released on social media on Monday by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.
On Tuesday morning, David Doyle, 58, was still incarcerated at the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Facility. According to a jail employee, Doyle's bond was set at $300,000, and he was given a public defender, per jail records.
Investigators discovered that numerous kids were hiding on the neighbor's property while playing hide and seek in the Starks neighborhood.
Police reported that Doyle admitted to getting his rifle when he noticed shadows outside his residence and shooting at persons he spotted fleeing, accidentally hitting the girl.
The incident on Tuesday is considered the most current in a string of shootings that were fueled by trivial circumstances.
According to the sheriff's office, Doyle was detained and charged with aggravated battery, four charges of aggravated assault with a handgun, and illegal discharge of a firearm.
More mass shootings in the US than days thus far in 2023: DHS chief
Gun violence is on the rise in the United States.
There have been more mass shootings in 2023 in the United States than there have been days, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on April 21.
"We have had more mass shootings in this country in 2023 than we have days of the year," Mayorkas said at the Council of Foreign Relations.
More and more people are falling victim to mass shootings throughout the country, the DHS chief revealed.
According to Mayorkas, it is highly important for law enforcement and local communities to cooperate to prevent massacres.
The number of US children and teens killed by gunfire witnessed a drastic increase between 2019 and 2021, a publication by Pew Research Center revealed.
Despite the bleak warnings accompanied by the many mass shootings, the #US is still plunged in the #gunviolence epidemic, and it doesn't seem that it will stop any time soon. pic.twitter.com/8VSQMpWGOd— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) February 22, 2023
Last June, Biden pleaded for lawmakers to pass stricter gun control laws, including a ban on assault weapons, in a bid to clamp down on unprecedented levels of mass shootings across the United States that have been turning American communities into "killing fields".
"How much more carnage are we willing to accept?" he stressed. "We can't fail the American people again."
In light of the recent shooting in #Texas, here are the deadliest mass shootings in the US this year. The shootings come amid a clash in #US politics about #guncontrol. pic.twitter.com/lYQExsf7gh— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) May 9, 2023