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US police officers kill attacker in Indiana store

A man opened fire on police inside a Walmart store in the US state of Indiana late Thursday, and authorities responded by shooting and killing him.

A man opened fire on police inside a Walmart store in the US state of Indiana late Thursday, and authorities responded by shooting and killing him.

WFIE-TV reported that at around 10 p.m. local time (03:30 GMT on Friday), police responded to a call about an active attacker at a store in Evansville.

According to Evansville police officer Anna Gray, the male suspect opened fire on police when officers entered the building. According to Gray, they fired back and killed the aggressor.

As far as we know, no police officers were wounded during the incident.

There was at least one more victim of gunfire who required medical attention.

Gray stated the extent of their wounds was unknown at the time and that there may be additional victims.

Evansville, Indiana, lies roughly 276 kilometres (172 miles) southwest of Indianapolis on the Ohio River and is home to about 116,000 people.

On Monday, one person was killed, and seven others were hurt when gunfire broke out at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Florida.

At least 33 mass shootings have occurred since the beginning of 2023, as documented by the Gun Violence Archive.

Last year, there were 648 mass shootings in the country, according to the US-based organisation.

After a string of fatal shootings in June last year, President Joe Biden signed the first major federal gun reform in three decades. The bill was a bipartisan compromise.

The proposal is the most significant measure Congress has made to reduce gun violence since the passage of the assault weapons bans in 1993, which has since expired.

A loophole that had permitted certain people accused of domestic abuse to buy guns was closed, and background checks were reinforced and funded.

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