June 13 (News) — At least two people were killed and four others injured in a shooting that broke out at an Indiana nightclub over the weekend, authorities said, as the nation grappled with fighting gun violence after several high-profile shootings in recent weeks.
Police said officers responded to a call about gunfire before 2 a.m. Sunday at Playo’s Nightclub on the 1700 block of Grant Street in the town of Gary, near the Indiana-Illinois border.
Six victims of the shooting were taken to local hospitals, where two were later pronounced dead.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Jonte Dorsey, 34, of Joliet, Illinois, and Jah’Nice Quinn, 26, of Merrillville, Indiana.
Of those injured, one was in critical condition while the other three suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The cause of the shooting was unclear and no arrests have yet been made.
It’s not the first time a fatal shooting has occurred at the location, and Gary Mayor Jerome Price ordered the temporary but immediate closure on Sunday.
“On behalf of the city of Gary, we pray for the families and friends of the two people who lost their lives at Playo nightclub on Saturday night,” Price said in a statement. “I can’t imagine the pain you’re feeling and I really wish I could offer you words of comfort.”
The shooting came as bipartisan members of the Senate agreed gun legislation that includes gun restrictions and investments in mental health and school safety.
The attention to gun violence comes in response to a series of high-profile shootings across the country that have left scores dead, including 19 students and two teachers killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school late last month.
Corresponding The Gun Violence Archivea non-profit organization that records firearm-related incidents in the United States, there were 260 mass shootings in the country that year.
“It’s long overdue for our common sense national leaders to pass real legislation restricting easy access to firearms,” Price said.