5 shot in Louisiana, 3rd US multiple shooting in one day
Six people were killed in shooting incidents that took place on the same day in Texas, Wisconsin and Louisiana.
Five people were hospitalized after being shot and injured in Shreveport, Louisiana, CBS-affiliated television station KSLA reported late on Sunday, the third multiple shooting reported in the US within 24 hours.
Earlier on Sunday three people died at an apartment complex in Austin, Texas and authorities were hunting for a former deputy sheriff wanted in connection with the fatal shooting.
Separately, three people were killed and two wounded in a shooting at a bar in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, in the early hours of Sunday.
In a briefing to local news outlets, police in Shreveport said they were in the first stages of investigating the incident, without confirming the number of people admitted to hospital nor their condition.
Police officers were responding to traffic congestion reports when shots were heard, a police spokesman told reporters.
One victim was shot in the head, while another suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to local news outlet Love Shreveport-Bossier.
On Sunday's incidents came with the United States already on edge over a surge in shootings in recent weeks.
A gunman killed eight workers and himself at an Indianapolis FedEx centre on Thursday night, with at least seven deadly mass shootings reported in the United States over the past month.
In Shreveport, located in northwest Louisiana, multiple police units were dispatched to the scene of the incident, which took place around 9pm, local time, on Sunday on Hearne Avenue, according to the KSLA report. Victims were taken to Ochsners LSU Health and other local hospitals, the report added.
Reuters was not immediately able to contact local police. The Shreveport mayor's office didn't immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.
The spate of shootings has increased public pressure to tighten gun regulations. Most Americans support tougher gun laws, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling, but Washington has done little to address the problem in recent years.
In Texas, a manhunt was underway for a former sheriff’s deputy wanted in the fatal shooting of three people in Austin as an official said it wasn’t known if the suspect was still in the city.
Joseph Chacon, Austin's interim police chief, identified the suspected gunman as 41-year-old Stephen Broderick, a former detective for the Travis County Sheriff's Office, which is based in Austin, the state capital.
Last June, Broderick was placed on administrative leave after being charged with sexual assault of a child, local media reported at the time.
In Wisconsin, authorities said they have apprehended a person in connection with a shooting at a busy tavern on Sunday that left three men dead and three men injured.