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US gun violence: Three officers shot during service call in Delaware

US officers at Police Department's West Precinct in Seattle, Washington, US. (Reuters file Photo)

A gunman has opened fire on several police officers as they were responding to a service call in the US state of Delaware, wounding three officers.

The incident occurred in Wilmington, when the suspected gunman started shooting at the officers from inside a house, late Wednesday night.

Police surrounded the shooter, who reportedly barricaded himself inside an apartment building.

The three injured officers were taken to hospital and are now in a stable condition, according to Wilmington Police Department.

Several police cars have been spotted at the scene of the shooting. Police urged locals to stay away from the area, but gave no further details on the gunman’s condition.

Gun violence claims the lives of nearly 40,000 people each year across the US.

A mass shooting occurred last Wednesday, when an employee of the Valley Transportation Authority, opened fire on people and killed at least eight Americans at a rail yard serving Santa Clara County, California.

In the wake of the tragic incident, President Joe Biden called on Congress to implement measures to end what he called “epidemic of gun violence.”

The president also issued a one-word plea: "Enough," saying that Congress should immediately "heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this epidemic of gun violence in America."

“We are resolved to bring meaning to this tragic moment with real action to curb the gun violence crisis in our country,” he said.

The US president said that authorities “must address the root causes of these devastating acts at every level of government.”

The San Jose shooting became the latest in a series of major gun violence incidents this year, some of which took place just days apart, including in George, Colorado, South Carolina and Indiana.

Over four weeks in March and April, the US saw three such shootings that involved mass casualties.

Eight were killed, including six women of Asian descent, at Atlanta-area spas in mid-March.

Less than a week later, 10 were killed at a supermarket shooting in Colorado and a few weeks after that, eight were killed at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.

In recent years, the US Democrats have called for universal background checks as well as a ban on military-style “assault” weapons, but conservatives remain steadfastly against strict, new gun control

During his presidential campaign, Biden pledged to reinstate an assault weapons ban, create a voluntary gun buyback program and send a bill to Congress to repeal liability protections for gun manufacturers and close background check loopholes.

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