This past Tuesday, journalists reported a mass shooting in Puerto Rico. Videos like the one on this tweet made the rounds online.
Puerto Rico’s Governor @wandavazquezg has called an “urgent meeting” for tomorrow with security officials on the island following tonight’s mass killing in San Juan. This video is shocking and frightening to listen to.
This sounds like a war zone.
: @RicardoEladio pic.twitter.com/ZqJs3cyHWQ
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) October 15, 2019
Additionally, police found over 600 casings at the crime scene.
This would be front page news if it happened in the states: At least 600 BULLET CASINGS found at the scene of last nights executions in a housing complex in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 5 people were shot dead. Eyewitness video makes it sound like a war zone. (H/t @RobbyCortes) pic.twitter.com/qmonGZSAlb — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) October 15, 2019
In his tweet, Begnaud, again, makes the argument that something happening in Puerto Rico is not being covered as fully as it should, but as I researched the story I realized it had been covered by more outlets that other recent news from Puerto Rico. It was covered by the AP, CNN, The Washington Post, the Daily News, CBS New York and The New York Times, among others. This has opened the conversation toward talking about violence in Puerto Rico in general.
Most of Puerto Rico’s homicide cases are not solved: •There’s been 430+ murders in 2019 •Only 31% have been solved •Context: https://t.co/4mVRldRdQ2 •Listen to the secretary of public safety questioned about whether recent murders have been solved. pic.twitter.com/Ck44p53PvN — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) October 19, 2019
In the video they ask the secretary of public safety about arrests associated with many crimes and he keeps repeating that there have been no arrests.
Although I’m always glad when I can find news about Puerto Rico in more than one news site, it’s odd that often the news I find deals with violence, death or corruption.