Foreign Ministry confirms no Indonesian victims in Colorado shooting

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry reported on Tuesday that no Indonesians had fallen victim to a mass shooting at the King Soopers Store in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday.

“No other report was received of Indonesians falling victim to the fatal shooting,” the Foreign Ministry’s Director for the Protection of Citizens, Judha Nugraha, stated.

The Indonesian consulate general in Los Angeles had contacted the local authorities and Indonesians residing in Colorado shortly after the deadly shooting occurred.

The consulate general confirmed that 10 Indonesian citizens, all registered as students, currently resided in Boulder City.

The US media outlets reported that 10 people, including a cop, lost their lives after a gunman opened fire at the King Soopers Store on Monday.

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold was quoted by CNN as saying that the gunman was placed in detention, and the local police investigators had continued to probe the case.

CNN reported that the boulder shooting occurred less than a week after eight people were killed in shooting attacks at three spas in the Atlanta area.

Over the past nine years, the United States has repeatedly borne witness to acts of gun violence that have killed numerous innocent people.

In December 2012, a total of 27 people, including 20 children in the age group of five to 10 years, reportedly died after a gunman launched an attack on a primary school in Newton, Connecticut.

Thereafter, on June 12, 2016, a fatal shooting again broke out at a night club in Orlando, Florida, claiming the lives of 50 people and inflicting injuries to 53 others.

The Indonesian government has denounced the Orlando shooting incident and extended its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the US government and people.

In tackling the gun violence-related issue, the Barack Obama administration had also planned to “widen background checks on buyers of firearms” in the country, according to the BBC in 2016.

The BBC noted that the Barack Obama administration had imposed a regulation necessitating all gun sellers to be licensed and to conduct background checks.

 

Source: Antara News

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