Liam Hendriks on gun violence, access to weapons: 'Something needs to change'

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox talked to Major League Baseball on Monday about postponing their game against the Minnesota Twins after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people.

After speaking with MLB and contact with local authorities, the game went ahead and began on time. The postgame fireworks show was canceled, and the team observed a moment of silence before the first pitch.

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“Our hearts are with the Highland Park community,” the White Sox said in a statement. “The entire Chicago White Sox organization expresses our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the innocent victims of today’s horrific shooting and all of those who have been affected by this tragedy.”

The gunman wounded at least 30 and sent hundreds of marchers, parents with strollers and children on bicycles fleeing in terror, police said. A person of interest was taken into custody Monday evening, authorities said.

Several nearby cities canceled events, including parades and fireworks.

"The access to the weaponry that is being used in these things — something needs to change," White Sox closer Liam Hendriks told reporters. "Something needs to be done, something needs to happen. Because it's way too many people losing their lives.

"It's not only about the people that are losing their lives, it's the families of them. It's the tragedy that they go through as an entire community, when people are concerned about leaving the house, concerned about doing the day-to-day things of going to work or any number of these things. We really need to reflect on what's going on. I don't think enough is being done."

The Fourth of July shooting was just the latest to shatter the rituals of American life. Schools, churches, grocery stores and now community parades have all become killing grounds in recent months.

“Unfortunately, it’s almost daily,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said of the shootings. “Way too frequently.

“Even when there’s an explanation, there’s no explanation. It doesn’t make sense.”

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.

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