There have been more mass shootings than days in 2023, database shows

ByKiara Alfonseca ABCNews logo
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
There have been more mass shootings than days in 2023, database shows
Two police vehicles are seen near a building where a shooting occurred in Monterey Park, Calif., Jan. 22, 2023.

The United States has faced at least 128 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. There have been more mass shootings than days in 2023.

Mass shootings are defined as an incident in which four or more victims are shot or killed, according to the archive.

Though mass shootings don't make up the majority of gun violence incidents in America, their impact on communities and victims is evident.

Incidents like the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, continue to send cities into mourning and have sparked repeated calls for gun reform.

In Nashville, Tennessee, the latest mass school shooting left six dead -- three children and three staff members.

About 12 shootings, one of which can be defined as a mass shooting, have occurred on K-12 school campuses so far this year, leaving at least 10 dead and a dozen injured, according to the GVA and local reports.

The Gun Violence Archive tracked more than 647 mass shootings in 2022 and 690 in 2021. At this time last year, the country had experienced 113 mass shootings.

Here's a look at some of the mass shootings seen so far this year:

Nashville, Tennessee

Three children and three staff members were shot and killed at a private school in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27, according to an official at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The shooting unfolded Monday morning at the Covenant School, a Christian school for students in preschool through sixth grade.

The suspect, who was identified as a 28-year-old by police, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in a lobby area on the second floor of the school, police said at a news conference.

Michigan State University

Three people are dead and five others are injured after a shooting at multiple locations on Michigan State University's East Lansing campus on the night of Feb. 13, according to local police. The suspect has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.

Police initially received 911 calls of shots fired at 8:18 p.m. in Berkey Hall and located "several" victims there when responding, Chris Rozman, interim deputy chief of MSU Police and Public Safety, said. Police then received a report of another shooting and responded to the MSU Union building, where they found other victims, according to Rozman.

Police are still working to determine the suspect's possible motive, the interim deputy chief said.

Oakland, California

At least one person is dead and seven more people were injured in a shooting in Oakland, California, on the night of Jan. 23.

Authorities have not yet disclosed a possible motivation for this shooting.

The shooting in Oakland was the third mass shooting in California in just three days.

Half Moon Bay, California

At least 7 people were killed and several more were left seriously injured in a shooting at two locations in Half Moon Bay, California on Jan. 23.

The suspect has been identified as 67-year-old Chunli Zhao. The incident remains under investigation and a motive was unknown, the sheriff's office said.

"At this time, we are aware of eight victims, one who is deceased and the remaining victims were listed in stable condition," the OPD said.

Monterey Park, California

At least 11 people were killed, and 10 others injured after a gunman opened fire at a dance studio near a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California on Jan. 21.

Suspect Huu Can Tran, 72, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a white cargo van in Torrance that law enforcement officers had surrounded and forced their way into about 30 miles from where the massacre occurred, authorities said.

A motive for the Monterey Park shooting is not clear, according to authorities. According to law enforcement sources, domestic violence is one of the scenarios they are looking into.

Still, the mass shooting has compounded ongoing fears from Asian Americans following a rise of anti-Asian racism and violence, community members say.

Enoch City, Utah

A family of eight people, including five children, were found dead with apparent gunshot wounds in a Utah home on Jan. 4 after police conducted a welfare check, according to the officials in Enoch City, Utah.

According to City Manager Rob Dotson, a welfare check was called into the police department that evening.

Dotson indicated that police are unaware of a motive. He also said law enforcement from Enoch City, Iron County, Cedar City are cooperating in the investigation.

"We all know this family; many of us have served with them in church, and community, and gone to school with these individuals," Dotson said at a press conference. "And so this community at this time is hurting, they're feeling loss, they are feeling pain, they have a lot of questions which is natural."

Huntsville, Alabama

According to ABC affiliate WAAYTV, 11 people were shot in a deadly altercation that left two dead and three in critical condition.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says investigators arrested three 16-year-olds in addition to the two adults who had been charged in connection with the shooting.

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