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SF City Hall Holds Vigil For Slain New Zealanders As Country Bans Assault Weapons

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — New Zealand’s prime minister announced Wednesday evening that the country will immediately ban the sale of all assault weapons, including assault rifles, military style semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines, resembling the weapons used in last Friday’s attacks that killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch.

The prime minister says she hopes the law will be in place by early next month.

“I absolutely believe there will be a common view amongst New Zealanders, those who use guns for legitimate purposes, and those who have never touched one, that the time for the mass and easy availability of these weapons must end. And today they will,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

 In San Francisco, the Interfaith Council Community held a vigil to mourn the victims of the shootings on Wednesday evening. People gathered on the steps of City Hall to light candles and recite prayers about an hour after the prime minister made her announcement.

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“I certainly wish we could do something as swiftly here to try to deal with our gun problem which i think is unprecedented,” said Vlad Khaykin, a vigil attendee.

“We have a president who not only ignores this type of legislation.. but he’s actually promoting it,” said Joseph Sweiss.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the suspect in the shootings bought four of his guns legally online.

Those weapons are now included in the ban.

Woman Shot In The Leg On I-580; 2nd East Bay Freeway Shooting In 2 Days

LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — A passenger in a car in Interstate Highway 580 was shot and injured Sunday evening in the second freeway shooting in the East Bay in two days, the California Highway Patrol said.

The 24-year-old woman was riding in a Honda Accord as it headed east on I-580 near the Isabel Avenue (Highway 84) interchange about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when she was hit in the leg by one bullet, said CHP Officer Tyler Hahn.

The Accord continued east about four miles to Vasco Road, where the driver stopped to call the CHP, Hahn said. The CHP called paramedics, who met them there and took the woman to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

Hahn described the woman’s injuries as non-life-threatening. Hahn said there was no specific description of a suspect vehicle provided.

Hahn could not say where the woman lives. Sunday’s shooting happened about 28 hours after an Antioch woman died in a solo vehicle accident on eastbound Highway 4 near the Willow Pass Road interchange in North Concord, in Contra Costa County.

Bullet holes were discovered in the woman’s driver’s-side door after the accident. Destinee Shaharisha-Jenae Hillery, 25, of Antioch was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday.

The CHP is seeking suspects in both cases. Hahn said Sunday night it isn’t known whether the two shootings are related in any way.

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