Iran PressAmerica: Thousands of people lose their lives or are wounded by gunshot attacks in the US yearly. Based on official statistics, there are around 270 to 300 million guns, which is almost one gun for every American. 

In 2020 alone, 19,384 people were killed in gun homicides, showing a 35 percent increase from the previous year and the country's most significant one-year rise in gun homicides.

A 16-year-old girl and a 61-year-old woman were killed by a gunman in a shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, Missouri, on Monday morning, according to authorities.

The gunman "was quickly stopped by police," there was an exchange of gunfire and the suspect has also died, according to the St. Louis Public School District and St. Louis police.

The gunman was identified as a former student.

During a press conference Monday evening, police identified the suspect as 19-year-old Orlando Harris, a former student who graduated from the high school last year.

Police said Harris has no prior criminal history, and they're working to establish a motive, saying Monday night there are "suspicions that there may be some mental illness that he was experiencing." 219

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