Crime analyst offers safety tips for large gatherings after weekend of gun violence across the country

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – As temperatures begin to rise across the country and many more people are out and about, there are some safety tips to keep in mind when in large crowds.

These safety tips come after three shootings left several people dead and others injured over Father's Day weekend.

The first shooting occurred at a wading pool in a Detroit suburb, where several families were spending the day when suddenly a man approached them and began firing 28 shots.

Nine people were shot, including an 8-year-old boy who was shot in the head and is in critical condition. His mother suffered gunshot wounds to the stomach and leg, authorities said.

The condition of the other six people is stable.

Police managed to track down the shooter in a house, where he was found dead; the wound was apparently self-inflicted.

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Moments later, a shooting occurred at a Juneteenth celebration in Round Rock, Texas.

During the event, an altercation broke out between two groups; someone pulled out a gun and started shooting, officials said at a press conference.

Two people were killed and several others were injured. Officials who were present at the celebration began to provide assistance to the victims.

No one was arrested in connection with the shooting.

Seven people were shot in Massachusetts on Sunday. Officials described it as an unplanned mass event.

According to authorities, six of the people were taken to hospital, one by plane. Five of the victims are in stable condition, two in critical condition.

A similar story occurred in Duval County in March, when three separate shootings broke out in Jacksonville Beach on St. Patrick's Day.

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Police initially issued an “active shooter” alert and cordoned off the area for hours.

One person died and three others were injured.

News4JAX spoke to our crime and security analyst Tom Hackney about what goes into solving such investigations.

“It can be really difficult because if someone goes in and does these things and doesn't talk about it, it's harder to question them. Fortunately, these days there's a lot of surveillance in a large crowd like this, you can usually find someone who caught the incident on camera. So from a law enforcement perspective, that's a good thing because you can maybe get a picture of the suspect and use that to start the investigation,” Hackey said.

Hackney encouraged people to have an exit plan.

“Keep your head up and basically be aware of your surroundings. And that's true almost all the time, actually, but especially these days … just really be aware of your surroundings,” Hackney said. “If you're there with people, maybe talk about it two or three minutes before you enter the venue and remember, 'Okay, we could stop here and if something happens, maybe there's a quick way we can get out and still enjoy the festivities.'”

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