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Why are Cedar Rapids and Des Moines on the cover of Time? Shootings

Cities are among 253 mass shooting locations in America so far this year

The cover of the latest issue of Time magazine features Cedar Rapids and Des Moines as among the 253 U.S. locations where mass shootings have happened so far this year. (Time cover image)
The cover of the latest issue of Time magazine features Cedar Rapids and Des Moines as among the 253 U.S. locations where mass shootings have happened so far this year. (Time cover image)

Cedar Rapids and Des Moines are on the cover of Time magazine, highlighted because they are among the 253 mass shooting locations in the United States this year.

Cedar Rapids is listed because of a May shooting where four teens were shot, two fatally.

Des Moines is listed because six people were injured there in a June 16 shooting.

The names of the cities where mass shootings have occurred surround the word ENOUGH — in all caps.

Time’s list, tallied by the Gun Violence Archive, features cities where incidents in which at least four people other than the shooter were injured or killed, the magazine reported.

“It’s a reminder that the toll of gun violence is even greater than the public attacks we typically think of as mass shootings,” writes Edward Felsenthal, Time editor-in-chief and CEO.

The Cedar Rapids shooting happened in the early hours of May 18 when four people were shot in a car parked outside a southwest Cedar Rapids store. Two 18-year-olds, Matrell E. Johnson and Royal C. Abram, were killed, and two 19-year-olds, Booker McKinney and Kayla Panos-Blackcloud, were injured.

Andre Richardson, 26, is charged with murder and attempted murder in the shooting, in addition to other charges. He is being held in Linn County Jail on a $2.5 million bond.

The Aug. 19 issue of Time was released on newsstands Thursday.

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