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As Democrats try to force a vote on gun control legislation, a mass shooting leaves three people dead in Washington state

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There have been 500 documented shootings since the massacre in Orlando.
  • Jake Flanagin
By Jake Flanagin


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Three people are dead and a fourth injured after a reported shooting in Lacey, Washington, according to KIRO-TV, a Seattle-based CBS affiliate. The incident occurred as congressional Democrats on the other side of the country staged a sit-in protest against legislative inaction on gun control.

The only uncommon thing about the shooting, tragically, is the coincidence of the two events. As Jennifer Mascia reports for The Trace, more than 500 people have been shot in the United States since the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which inspired congressional Democrats to stage their protest.

Two hundred and twenty-eight of those 500 shootings ended in fatalities, according to Vox’s Gun Violence Archive.

No suspects are yet in custody in connection with the Lacey shooting, KIRO reports. Neither are the shooter’s motive or identities of the victims are currently known.

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