Biden conveys his condolences to the families of the victims of the Joliet (Illinois) shooting

11/28/2023 US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden POLITICS Europe Press/Contact/Samuel Corum – Pool via CNP

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, and the first lady, Jill Biden, have conveyed their condolences this Wednesday to the families of the victims of the shooting that took place in the city of Joliet, in the US state of Illinois. Federal agencies are assisting local authorities with the investigation, which has left the community “devastated by these tragic shootings,” the president said, according to a statement from the White House. “This tragedy underscores why I am doing everything in my power to keep guns off our streets and out of the hands of those who seek to harm themselves and others,” he said before emphasizing that his cabinet is strengthening the background check system on weapons, among other actions. In this sense, he has again asked Congress to approve several “common sense measures for gun safety”, since “it is in our power to stop the epidemic of gun violence that tears our communities apart.” The Police Illinois is investigating the deaths of at least eight people in several shootings on Sunday in Joliet. Authorities located the lifeless body of the alleged shooter, Romeo Nance, 23, near the city of Natalia, in the state of Texas, which is almost 2,000 kilometers away from the site of the attacks. Nance reportedly committed suicide after a brief confrontation with the Texas Police, although investigators have not yet determined the motive for the attacks. Among the victims are several relatives of the attacker, including his mother, aunt and uncle, as well as a brother (aged 31) and three sisters (aged 14, 16 and 20). Their connection to the rest of the deceased is unknown.

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