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There was another shooting massacre on the same day as San Bernardino, you just didn’t hear about it

December 04, 2015

AS THE United States learned of the horror and carnage that was the mass shooting in San Bernardino, the world quickly took notice.

Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, turned a lunchtime work party into a war zone after storming into a festive conference room wearing ski-style masks and combat gear before spraying the room with bullets.

As well as the 14 fatalities, a further 21 were wounded in the shooting.

But what the world didn’t know, was that it wasn’t the first mass shooting of the day — in fact, it was the second.

Hours before the massacre, gunmen in Savannah, Georgia, went on a shooting spree in a residential block where they killed one woman and injured three more.

Around 1:30am, a “ShotSpotter” — a system used in Savannah where if a gun shot is fired near the device, it can pick a “very accurate read” of its location — alerted authorities to a shooting in its vicinity.

After one of the victims managed to haul themselves to a nearby fire station, authorities found Jamond Heyward, 17, Brandy Council, 34, Jarrett Myers, 40, and Jeran Washington, 52, and transported them to a nearby hospital. Ms Council succumbed to her injuries while the three men had non-life threatening injuries.

American media barely picked up on the story — according to the Washington Post, “One local television station covered it in three paragraphs”.

Police are yet to make any arrests, Eunicia Baker, spokesperson for the Savannah Chatham Police Department, told news.com.au

Detectives believe at least two shooters were involved but have not yet been able to figure out a motive.

“Investigators are working to identify all suspects,” a statement by police read.

“Circumstances leading to this shooting remain under investigation.”

The Savannah massacre marked the 352nd mass shooting in America this year alone, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which defines a mass shooting where at least four people are either injured or killed.

“We have a pattern of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” President Obama said on Wednesday.

“There’s some steps we could take — not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently.”

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