There was 345 mass shootings in 2017, including the shootout at the Power Ultra Lounge in Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale airport and the Los Angeles music festival. These tragedies added up to one per 1.05 days — almost one mass shooting happened each day, a number which dropped significantly from the 383 reported the year prior.
When such tragedies happen, we hear arguments about gun violence and mental health, as well as how they should be regulated and what the driving factor of mass shootings really is. What we know is the amount of shootings in the United States happens at a much higher rate than in comparable countries, like Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico and Switzerland. In fact, the number of incidents is so high that it's more than the total from these countries combined between 2000-2014.
Incidents, Deaths and Injuries in the U.S.
The amount of shootings carried out remained steady throughout the year until October, when the Los Vegas outdoor country music festival took place. The incident started at 10:05 p.m. on October 1 when Stephen Paddock started shooting during the last scheduled performance. He smashed the window of his hotel room before spraying bullets on the crowd for nine minutes.
The typical definition of a mass shooting is when four or more people are injured or killed, excluding the shooter(s), in a single incident at the same general time and location. Defining these tragedies like this narrows down the scope of a mass shooting quite a bit, but doesn't discount or make the shootings that don't meet this criteria any less important and worth mentioning.
Incidents, Deaths and Injuries from 2014-2017
The amount of shooting incidents that took place this year dropped by 38 from the amount that happened last year. From the data we can tell that the amount of deaths this year, compared to last, dropped by 19. The amount of injuries, however, increased by 261.
There were quite a few states where mass shootings didn't take place this year, including Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. But there were 38 states in which mass shootings, by our (and most other organizations) definition, did happen.
These are the totals — the number of people's lives who were lost, the number of incidents that happened in each state, and a little bit of information about some of the biggest tragedies that the U.S. faced this year.
There was a total of seven different incidents last year that took place in Birmingham, Lanett, Phoenix City, Pratville, Selma and Troy, killing six and injuring 38.
Two separate shootings took place in Phoenix, resulting in one death and seven injuries. Three more incidents happened in Casa Grande, El Mirage and Mesa, resulting in four deaths and eight injuries.
On July 1 a shootout occurred at the Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock, and though there were no deaths, there were 28 injuries. In a Jonesboro shooting, one person died and six were injured.
In Rancho Tehama Reserve, a 44-year-old gunman killed five people and injured 18 at eight separate crime sprees. There were 37 incidents, 37 deaths and 148 injuries as a result of shootings in California.
On December 31 in Highlands Ranch, one deputy sheriff was killed and another four sheriffs and two civilians were injured. At a different incident in a Walmart Supercentre, three people were killed when a man entered the store and began shooting.
In two separate shootings in Hartford, two people were killed and another six were injured. 16 Durham Street, the address of one of the shootings, is the same place where a different shooting happened in 2013.
In Wilmington, four people were injured in a single shooting and there were no reported deaths.
District of Columbia
There were five different shooting events that ended the lives of two people and injured 22 in DC.
A total of 24 incidents occurred in this state, resulting in 21 deaths and 101 injuries. Included in these are the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting that happened inside terminal two.
There was a total of nine incidents that took place in Albany, Atlanta, Columbus, Jonesboro and Savannah. Nine people died and 36 were injured as a result of these shootings.
There was a surprising 36 shootings that took place in Illinois, with 28 taking place in Chicago alone. Twenty four people died and 149 were injured as a result.
Seven different incidents happened in this state, with three happening in the city of Gary alone. Four people died and 29 were injured in total because of shooting.
In all, two shootings took place in Des Moines, which resulted in the death of one person and the injuries of eight.
Four shootings happened, with two taking place in Topeka. There was a total of 11 deaths and eight additional injuries as a result of shootings in the state.
Louisville saw a shocking six shootings over the course of the year. Two people were killed as a result and 26 were injured.
Seven shootings took place in New Orleans, which is almost half of the state's shootings. A total of 17 people lost their lives and 52 were injured due to shootings in Baton Rouge, Eunice, Lacombe, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Iberia, New Orleans and Shreveport.
In one incident in Madison, one person was killed and four people were injured.
Eight incidents, including six in Baltimore, resulted in the reported death of nine people and in 25 people being injured.
Detroit had five mass shootings last year, followed by Flint with two and Pontiac with one. In total, nine people died and 25 were injured.
There were three mass shootings in Minneapolis last year, resulting in no deaths but 12 injuries. Overall, there were four reported deaths and thirteen reported injuries.
Cory Godbolt shot and killed eight people at three different houses around midnight on May 27. In total 13 incidents happened throughout the state, resulting in the death of 24 people and the injury of 41.
There was a total of 19 deaths and 29 injuries spread over 10 incidents last year. Saint Louis saw the most shootings with seven in total.
Montana saw only one mass shooting, resulting in the death of three people and the injury of an additional two.
On Sunday, October 1, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shot and killed 58 people and injured 851 more. It was the only mass shooting in this state in 2017.
New Jersey saw 13 mass shootings in total, resulting in the death of 13 and 41 people being injured. In Newark alone, five shootings took place throughout the year.
A 16-year-old high school student entered the Clovis-Carver Public Library and began to shoot at people, killing two library staff. This year a total of seven people died and four were injured as a result of mass shootings in New Mexico.
Former hospital employee Henry Williams Obotetukudo open-fired in the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, killing one and injuring six. Excluding this incident, 12 more happened in New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan), Buffalo, Newburgh, Rochester, Syracuse and Wyandanch, killing three and injuring 56.
In North Carolina, seven mass shootings took place in 2017, causing the death of 12 people and a further 22 to be injured as a result.
In the town of Kirkersville a shooting and hostage crisis took place, resulting in the death of a police chief and two female nursing home workers. Nineteen people died and 98 were injured in 21 separate incidents in the state.
Oklahoma City was the only city that saw a mass shooting in this state, which resulted in the death of two people and the injury of three.
Eleven shootings happened in Philadelphia alone, bringing the total number of mass shootings that happened in this state to 15. Overall, eight people died and 59 were injured as a result.
Pennsylvania saw seven mass shootings in total, including two that happened in Columbia. In total, five people lost their lives and 32 were injured as a result of the shootings.
One person died and seven others were injured as result of a shooting in the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. Seven people died and 63 were injured as a result of 14 shootings that happened in this state.
A mass shooting occurred in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs where 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people and injured another 20. In total 22 incidents in the state resulted in 59 deaths and 91 injuries.
Sandy was the only city that experienced a mass shooting in this state in 2017, when three people were killed and two injured.
During a practice of the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, six people were injured as a result of gunfire. In the state of Virginia there were 12 separate events resulting in the death of seven people and the injury of 51 more.
In the state of Washington, three shootings resulted in the death of of five people and nine injures.
Two shootings happened in this state, resulting in four injuries and five deaths.