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A VIOLENT Christmas weekend has left at least 14 people dead and another 16 hurt in shooting incidents across the US.
A child under five in Kansas City was among the growing list of victims while cities like Denver, Philadelphia, and Chicago were also rocked by gun violence.
The young Kansas boy was found suffering from a gunshot wound on Christmas Eve in what police believe was an accident.
Police arrived to discover the child critically wounded and performed life-saving measures,
Sadly, he died later that night, The Kansas City Star reported.
Six people died in Colorado this weekend due to gun-related crimes that have left communities shaken.
Officials in Aurora, Colorado, are now investigating two double homicides that both occurred on Christmas Eve.
Responding to reports of a welfare check, police were called to a property in the 1500 block of Boston street on Saturday, the Denver Post reports.
Upon arrival, they found two adults with what appeared to be gunshot wounds
They were both pronounced dead on the scene.
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No arrests have been made so far and investigators are trying to determine the relationship between the two victims.
And later on the same day, officers were called about a shooting in the 17500 block of East Tennessee Place.
Investigators found two men outside the property with gunshot wounds.
They were rushed to the hospital, where they died shortly after.
No arrests have been made.
In Thornton, Colorado, a married couple was found shot to death at a Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in what is believed to have been a murder-suicide, police said.
Officials said it was reported that an adult female was shot and killed by an adult male who then turned the gun onto himself.
Thornton police confirmed the two were married and were also former members of the Kingdom Hall congregation.
A man was additionally fatally shot inside the Mall of America on Friday.
Customers and NFL players caught in the chaos fled to saferooms before Bloomington Police came and secured the largest mall in America during a Christmas shopping rush.
At least seven people including a teenager were also shot in Chicago throughout several Christmas weekend shootings.
A 55-year-old man was struck in the hand by gunfire Saturday evening in the first shooting of the holiday weekend, CBS reported.
Police said he was transferred to a local hospital and listed in good condition.
Less than a half hour later, another man, 48, was struck in the hand by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officials confirmed that he was also brought to a hospital in good condition.
Later on in the night, an officer opened fire on three suspects after witnessing a shooting incident and struck two people.
A 54-year-old man and a 17-year-old teenage boy were hit by the gunfire and they are in unknown condition.
Another 32-year-old man was hit later Saturday night after a man opened fire during an argument.
According to police, he is thankfully in good condition.
And two others were struck in shooting incidents early Sunday morning. Both have been reported by officials to be in fair condition.
Shootings in Detroit also claimed the lives of two people and hurt another three.
Officers responded to reports that a person was down Sunday morning at around 7.48am, The Detroit News reported.
They discovered someone dead inside a car with what appeared to be a gunshot wound, police said. Officials did not release any more information on this incident.
Later in the afternoon, cops responded to another call reporting someone had been shot.
Detroit police once again found someone dead, but could not provide any other details.
And two more shootings on Saturday left three injured, according to police.
Two were shot Saturday at around 3.15pm. One was left in critical condition while the other is stable, cops said.
Just a couple of hours later, another person was shot and critically hurt. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear.
In Philadelphia, a man was shot and killed inside a Sheraton Hotel on Sunday afternoon, CBS reported.
According to police, the man was struck in the forehead and died at the scene. No arrests have been made.
At least three people were shot and suffering from injuries in Hartford, Connecticut, this weekend after three separate shooting incidents.
A man and a woman were both shot in Durham, North Carolina, on Christmas day, WTVD reported.
While the woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said the man sadly succumbed to his wounds.
A teenager was also injured in a Christmas Eve shooting in Baltimore.
The 16-year-old boy was a walk-in shooting victim seeking treatment at a local hospital. His condition is unknown.
Another man was discovered shot and killed in West Oakland, California, on Sunday morning, according to The Mercury News.
In Phoenix, Arizona, police are investigating a shooting that left a man critically injured on Saturday.
And in Florida, a deputy was fatally shot during a Christmas Eve standoff.
Officials arrive at a townhouse in Fort Walton Beach to serve a warrant to a man for a domestic violence charge.
The man refused to cooperate and began to fire shots from inside the home.
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He then allegedly struck an Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy who later succumbed to his injuries.
The suspect was eventually struck in the arm and arrested. He is in jail and was denied bond.
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