Gun violence ripped through gatherings across the US over the weekend as President Biden prepares to put the focus addressing the crime spike roiling the nation.

Iran PressAmerica: Starting on Friday night, Colorado Springs experienced multiple shootings that injured five people.

On early Saturday, two people were killed and four were injured in a shooting in Louisiana.

Flint, Michigan saw the death of a 19-year-old woman shot by police. According to law enforcement, the suspect opened fire first.

At least five were killed and 44 people were injured in shootings in Chicago, Illinois over the weekend.

And a suspect in Kansas was killed by police after an exchange of gunfire, which led to an officer being taken to hospital in critical condition, according to a local police chief.

In Texas, eight people, including two children, were shot after a confrontation at a party.

In northern California, one person died after seven people were shot in Oakland. “Immediately after the shooting, Oakland Police Officers observed two men running from the scene with firearms. Both men have been arrested and two firearms recovered,” the Oakland Police Department said about the shooting, which took place near Lake Merritt.

The spike in violent crime over the last year comes as President Joe Biden prepares to focus his public events on combatting crime on Wednesday.

Since the entrance of the new administration into the White House, the Biden team has been hesitant to venture beyond issues such as ending the pandemic, boosting the economy, and passing its jobs and families plans.

Wednesday’s focus on crime during the president’s public events is a departure from a playbook that has consisted of vaccines, jobs, infrastructure, and reengaging with western democracies.