Early on Saturday morning in Phoenix, there was gunfire at a party in a strip mall parking lot. One 14-year-old girl was killed, and eight other people were shot and hurt.
The sheriff’s office in Clarendon County, South Carolina, said in a statement that one person was killed and seven others were hurt at a graduation party in Summerton, South Carolina, on Saturday night.
The town is about 77 miles northeast of Charleston. Two cars pulled up to a house there. The sheriff’s office said that one car stayed on the highway and the other drove up to the yard, which was full of about 150 people. The statement said that shots were fired, but it wasn’t clear if the attackers were going after a specific person or just shooting at random.
The sheriff’s office said that a 12-year-old, five teenagers, and two adults were among the eight people who were shot. On Sunday morning, a 32-year-old woman died.
The sheriff’s office said, “This seems to be a gang-related crime that started with drive-by shootings in other parts of the county.”
As the violence over the weekend continued, senators in Washington kept working to find a middle ground on a bill that would expand the country’s background check system and give money for mental health resources, school security, and the implementation of “red flag” laws in all 50 states.
Senators Christopher S. Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, and Patrick J. Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, have both tried to negotiate in the past and failed. In separate interviews on Sunday, they said they thought they were closer to a deal than in the past.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Mr. Murphy said, “It’s a test of the federal government to see if we can deliver at a time when the American public is very worried. We’re closer than ever.”
Mr. Murphy said that a ban on assault weapons and a law requiring everyone to go through a background check won’t be part of the final deal. This is true even though House Democrats are getting ready to force a series of votes on individual gun bills that don’t have Republican support.
After the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, Mr. Toomey helped reach a deal with Democrats on background checks, but his own party blocked it. He said he hoped at least half of the Republicans in the Senate would support a final deal.
Back in Philadelphia, the cashier, Mr. Chen, was just getting ready to go back to work as usual. Even though the attack there scared him, he wasn’t too surprised by it because there had been other shootings in the US recently.
Mr. Chen said, “It happens all the time.” “Just keep going about your day.”