The mainstream media is silent after the deadliest mass shooting in Alabama history rocked the state, according to a report from National File. Six black men, ranging from the ages of 15 to 20, have been charged with murder when they fired into a crowd during a Sweet 16 birthday party that left four dead and 32 injured.
The shooting occurred on April 15 and has not received widespread national attention as the event is reportedly contradictory to the predominant narrative that white males wielding AR-15s are responsible for a majority of mass shootings in the country. In this shooting, the weapons of choice for the men were handguns, although it appears that of the 89 shell casings recovered at the scene, seven different firearms were used.
15 teenagers were reportedly hit with bullets and many others had gunshot wounds after the men opened fire indiscriminately into the crowd. National media reports are scarce on the matter, but local reports say that the suspects include Tyreese “Ty Reik” McCullough, Travis McCullough, Wilson LaMar Hill Jr, Johnny Letron Brown, and Willie George Brown. A sixth suspect has not been named because he is reportedly 15 years old.
As seen in a video circulating social media, three of the suspects are seen being escorted out of a government building into police vehicles while handcuffed and wearing bulletproof vests.
The suspects, except for the youngest one, are being held without bond until the trial, according to CNN. They are being treated as adults. The defense lawyers are reportedly disappointed that their clients did not receive bail because they argue they deserve due process.
While black Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, they are responsible for a little over 20 percent of all mass shootings, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study. Non-Hispanic white Americans make up around 60 percent of the U.S. population and are responsible for 52.3% of mass shootings.