Mass Shooting at Alabama Sweet 16 was 161st This Year

April 17, 2023

Authorities have identified the four young people who were shot and killed at a sweet 16 birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama over the weekend.

Saturday’s mass shooting was the 161st in the U.S. so far this year, as defined by four or more victims killed or wounded, according to the Gun Violence Archive. In the two days since then, at least two more mass shootings have taken place, one in Biloxi, Mississippi and one in Keysville, Georgia. 

Saturday was the 105th day of 2023.

According to Tallapoosa County Coroner Mike Knox, Saturday’s victims were  23-year-old Corbin Dahmontrey Holston, 19-year-old Marsiah Emmanuel Collins, 18-year-old Philstavious Dowdell, and 17 year-old Shaunkivia (KeKe) Nicole Smith.

Smith was the only female to die in the mass shooting. At least 15 other teens were also shot and hospitalized Saturday night.

The search continues for the shooter. 

In Biloxi, Mississippi on Sunday, five people were injured on Beach Blvd. That shooting continues to be investigated. No suspects or persons of interest have yet been arrested.

In Keysville, Georgia, four people were injured and hospitalized after gunfire broke out Sunday at a block party. Police are seeking information from the pubic as the incident remains under investigation.

The nation is averaging 1.5 mass shootings a day in 2023 according to the Gun Violence Archive. The Alabama sweet 16 incident was the 31st mass shooting to take place following the deaths of three 9-year-olds and three adults in a mass shooting at a Christian school in Nashville on March 27.

That shooting continues to make headlines as two Tennessee state Representatives, Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, both Democrats, were temporarily ousted from the Republican-led House for taking part in a gun reform protest, only to be unanimously voted back in to their seats by their local governments.

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