West News Wire: In the United States, there have been five mass shootings in the first four days of September. 

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been at least 484 mass shootings in the United States so far this year. This amounts to roughly two mass shootings daily on average. 

According to the archive, a mass shooting is a situation in which four or more people are shot or killed. 

Even though they don’t constitute the bulk of gun violence episodes in America, mass shootings clearly have an impact on the communities and people they affect. 

Mass shootings like those that occurred in Dallas, Nashville, Buffalo, and Uvalde, Texas, among other cities, continue to leave communities in mourning and have led to repeated calls for gun control. 

Approximately 645 mass shootings were documented by the Gun Violence Archive in 2022 and 690 in 2021. 

Last year at this time, there had been 455 mass shootings around the nation. 

In a shooting in Birmingham, Alabama, three individuals were hurt in addition to the two fatalities. According to officials, a total of five people with gunshot wounds arrived at the UAB hospital on Monday, Sept. 4. While at the UAB hospital, three of the victims came under fire, which caused damage to an emergency room door and a police patrol car. 

In Washington, D.C., a drive-by shooting occurred early on July 5 as locals were still enjoying the Fourth of July holiday, injuring nine individuals, according to authorities. 

The shooting occurred shortly before 1 a.m. ET on Meade Street in the northeastern quadrant of the U.S. capital, according to the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. 

All nine victims have non-life-threatening injuries. Two are children, ages 9 and 17, according to officials. 

A suspect clad in a bulletproof vest and carrying a rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition opened fire in Philadelphia on July 3, killing at least five people and wounding two children, authorities said. The youngest of the deceased victims was only 15 years old. 

At least three people were killed and eight others were injured in a shooting on July 3 following an annual July 4 event called ComoFest in Fort Worth, Texas, police said. 

At least 30 people were injured, two fatally, when a mass shooting erupted on July 2 in Baltimore at a neighborhood party. 

The victims ranged from age 13 to 32. The deceased victims were later identified by police by the Baltimore Police Department as Aaliyah Gonzales, 18, and Kylis Fagbemi, 20. 

Eight people were killed and seven others were injured when a gunman opened fire at an outdoor mall north of Dallas, Texas, on May 6, according to officials. 

One person was killed and four were injured in a mass shooting at an Atlanta medical center on May 3, police said. 

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Five people were killed after being shot in a Texas home by a suspect armed with an AR-15 style rifle in a horrific series of “execution style” shootings on April 28, police said. 

Four people were killed and 28 others injured when a mass shooting broke out at a crowded sweet 16 birthday party in rural Dadeville, Alabama, on the night of April 15, authorities said. 

Tallapoosa County Coroner Mike Knox has identified the four people declared dead from the shooting: 23-year-old Corbin Dahmontrey Holston, 19-year-old Marsiah Emmanuel Collins, 18-year-old Philstavious Dowdell and 17-year-old Shaunkivia Nicole Smith. 

Four people are dead and eight others, including two police officers, have been injured following a mass shooting at a bank in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday morning, according to police. 

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. 

Local police report that on the evening of February 13, there were multiple shootings on Michigan State University’s East Lansing campus, resulting in three fatalities and five injuries. According to authorities, the suspect committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. 

At 8:18 p.m., Berkey Hall was the scene of the first 911 calls reporting gunfire, according to Chris Rozman, interim deputy chief of MSU Police and Public Safety. When officers arrived, they discovered “several” casualties there. When police were alerted to a second shooting, they went to the MSU Union building and discovered more victims, according to Rozman. 

The acting deputy chief noted that police are still trying to ascertain the suspect’s potential motivation. 

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. 


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