Mass shooting as defined by Gun Violence Archive is “an incident in which four or more people (excluding the perpetrator/s) are shot in one location at roughly the same time”.
Gun Violence Archive is a nonprofit research group that keeps a track of shootings and it’s characteristics in the US.
Mass shooting legally doesn’t have an exact meaning. Thus, the different organization defines it in their own terms.
The United States of America might seem like one of the top few countries where mass shootings occur.
But, to tell you the truth, it falls on number sixty-six among the rest of the world.
However, we cannot ignore the fact that it has become a serious issue in America for the past few decades.
We’re only on the first week of August 2019 and there are already 251 mass shootings taken place in the United States.
Three of them occurred this very week. On average there is 1.2 shooting per day.
In just eight months 979 people have been shot. Out of them, 246 people have lost their life.
The three recent shootings occurred in El Paso (the US-Mexico border city), Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois.
These are the events of just a day apart.
Here are some of the most horrific mass shooting in the United States in 2019.
Sebring, Florida- January 23.
A 21-year-old fatally shot and killed five women while they were lying on the ground in a SunTrust Bank office.
He called an emergency dispatcher and stated, “I have shot five people.”
The murderer was accused of five counts of first-degree premeditated murder. He was wearing a T-shirt with a picture of four scythe-wielding grim reapers on horseback.
Aurora, Illinois – February 15.
A former employee of a suburban Chicago factory killed five of his former co-workers.
The displeased employee had been terminated from his job. He came back to the factory with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun with a laser sight.
The authorities said he used it to murder his previous associates.
as his firearm license had been denied a year earlier due to a felony assault, he wasn’t supposed to carry a weapon.
The victims included an intern on his first day of work and a grandfather of eight.
Virginia Beach, Virginia – May 31.
An engineer quit his job and went on a shooting frenzy at Building No. 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.
The suspect, a previous soldier, had two handguns and a cache of ammo. According to the authorities he targeted his previous colleagues in workplaces and lobbies.
His exploited people were government employees in the public works and public utility divisions and a contractual worker who was at the office to discuss a permit.
Until the assault in El Paso on Saturday, the taking shots at Virginia Beach was the highest death toll in a mass killing this year with 12 deaths.
White Swan, Washington State – June 8.
Five people were killed in White Swan, a remote community on the Yakama Indian Reservation in focal Washington State. They were all the member of the Yakama Nation.
Four were captured in the shootings, the most recent act in a cycle of crime on the reservation.
It is located between the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River.
According to the authorities, two of the men charged in the killings abducted a child at gunpoint.
St. Louis County, Missouri – July 6.
Two men were arrested after the police discovered the bodies of five men who had been lethally shot in an apartment building.
The victims were from ages 37 to 65.
The police said the murder was associated with “drug activity,” as detailed by The Post-Dispatch.
Gilroy, California – July 28.
3 people were killed as an annual garlic festival in an agricultural community south of San Jose turned deadly.
A 19-year-old opened fire with a self-loading rifle that he had purchased lawfully in Nevada.
The shooter murdered himself in the assault. The unfortunate casualties included a 13-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy.
El Paso, Texas – August 3.
Around 20 people were killed and 26 were injured in a shooting that focused customers in a Walmart store in the US-Mexican border city.
A white man in his 20s is in custody as a suspect.
Law enforcement authorities are examining an anti-immigrant proclamation that was posted online in a matter of seconds before the assault to decide if it was composed by the shooter.
Dayton, Ohio – August 4.
In the recent shooting, a man murdered nine people and injured twenty-seven outside of a bar. According to the police, he went on a killing spree after he was denied entrance.
The mass shooter was identified as a 24-year-old psychology student at a community college in Dayton area, Connor Betts.
He was carrying a .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle and during the shooting also shot his sister, 22-year-old Megan Betts.
The shooter was killed within 30 seconds by the police after he opened fire.