US surpasses 500 mass shootings in 2023: Gun Violence Archive

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The United States surpassed 500 mass shootings in 2023 over the weekend, according to the data from the Gun Violence Archive.

As of Sunday, the Gun Violence Archive reported 501 mass shootings so far in 2023, after a shooting in Denver, Colo. Saturday night marked the 500th mass shooting of the year. According to Denver Police Department the shooting sent 4 people to hospital and later a 5th victim was discovered. Police said that all of the victims are expected to live, and as of Sunday morning no arrests had been made.

Another incident was reported around 1 a.m. Sunday in El Paso (Texas), where a 19-year old man died and five other people were injured, according to KTSM. According to KTSM, one of the injured individuals was in a critical condition. A mass shooting that occurred in Monterey Park California, last January, was the deadliest shooting of this year. Eleven people were killed, and 10 were injured, at a dance school following a Lunar New Year’s celebration. Data from the Gun Violence Archive, which records mass shootings when there are at least four people injured or killed during a shooting, shows that the number of mass shooters in 2023 will be lower than those in the previous three years but higher than 2018 and 2019, both with 335 mass murders. Gun Violence Archive data show that the number of mass murders in the U.S. was highest ever in 2021, with 689 mass murders reported. The FBI reported that the number of mass killings in 2022 fell to 645. However, FBI data indicated an increase in the number of Americans injured in these events between 2021-2022.

The FBI defines a mass shooting as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area,” a definition that varies from other metrics that focus on the number of total victims in evaluating a shooting.

Even with last year’s drop, FBI officials said the past two decades have seen an overall rise in the number of mass shootings, regardless of the criteria used to make the assessment.

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