- Several countries have issued travel warnings after the spate of high-profile mass shootings that swept the US in the past week.
- Japan issued a warning Sunday that urged residents to “be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States.”
- Uruguay and Venezuela issued statements Monday warning of “indiscriminate” violence in the country.
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Several countries have issued travel warnings after the spate of high-profile mass shootings that swept the US in the past week.
The attacks in California, Texas, and Ohio killed a combined 34 people and injured dozens more beginning July 28 when a shooter opened fire on a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, leaving three dead and 12 injured.
Gunshots were first reported in the early evening, and the police said they engaged with the shooter “in less than a minute,” killing him.
The FBI on Tuesday announced that it had opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the shooting after it discovered a “target list” compiled by the gunman, who may have been motivated by nationalist views.
On Saturday, less than a week after the Gilroy shooting, a gunman opened fire at a busy Walmart in El Paso, Texas, leaving 22 people dead and 24 others injured.
Authorities have said they are investigating a manifesto thought to be written by the shooter that expressed hatred toward Hispanic immigrants.
Less than 24 hours later, another mass shooting claimed the lives of nine people and injured 27 others at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. The shooter opened fire at about 1 a.m. local time outside the city’s nightlife center and was killed by police officers on the scene.
The police later identified the gunman as Connor Betts, a 24-year-old from Bellbrook, Ohio. Former classmates told the Associated Press he was suspended in high school for keeping a “kill list” and a “rape list.”
In response to the shootings, several countries have already issued warnings against travelling to the US:
Japan’s Consulate General in Detroit said in a statement on Sunday that Japanese residents “should be aware of the potential for gunfire incidents everywhere in the United States.”
The statement added that the US was a “gun society” and urged citizens to “pay close attention to safety measures.”
Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry on Monday issued an alert warning its citizens to postpone travel plans to the US given the “proliferation of acts of violence and crimes of indiscriminate hatred.”
“These growing acts of violence have found an echo and support in the conversations and actions impregnated by racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations, pronounced and executed by the supremacist elite who hold political power in Washington,” the statement said.
It added that tourists should avoid visiting certain US cities it said were among the most dangerous in the country, including Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, and St. Louis.
Source: Venezuela Foreign Ministry
Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday warned its citizens travelling to the US. to “take precautions against growing indiscriminate violence.”
The ministry said in a statement on Monday that the US’s “indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population,” as well as growing violence “mostly for hate crimes, including racism and discrimination,” were reasons to be cautious.
It urged its citizens to avoid public places with large concentrations of people, including theme parks, shopping centres, festivals, and religious events.
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