Three Fort Campbell, Ky., soldiers are facing multiple charges for trafficking guns to Chicago, which were later tied to shootings, some fatal, reports NPR. Demarcus Adams, 21; Jarius Brunson, 22; and Brandon Miller, 22; were arrested Tuesday. After a mass shooting where eight people were shot, one fatally, during a party in the Wrightwood neighborhood on the Southwest Side of Chicago on March 26, an investigation found that five of the guns recovered from the scene had been bought by dealers in the Clarksville, Tenn. area, near where Fort Campbell is located. The soldiers allegedly purchased 91 guns from multiple licensed gun dealers in Clarksville and four other cities in Kentucky, according to NPR. Most were purchased within the last five months, and then sent to associates Miller had in Chicago. Forty-nine empty firearm cases were recovered in the Clarksville home of Miller and Adams, and the cases matched the ones at the fatal shooting in Chicago.
The U.S. is experiencing a record start for the year in gun sales, and in the last 18 weeks of 2021, the country has experienced 194 mass shootings—about 10 a week, according to research by the Gun Violence Archive. Prosecutors requested to detain Miller pending trial due to a “significant flight risk if released”, and that they view him as a “significant danger to the community”. Miller is also facing court martial proceedings through the military based on an alleged sexual assault he committed.