Jun 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

267 mass shootings recorded in U.S. so far this year

An ATF K9 unit surveys the area near the scene of a shooting on June 12, 2021 in Austin, Texas

An ATF K9 unit surveys the area near the scene of a shooting in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

Mass shootings in three states overnight has taken the total number of such events for this year to 267, the Gun Violence Archive announced Saturday.

Driving the news: The nonprofit research group has since Friday recorded seven incidents of gun violence across the U.S. that meet its definition of a mass shooting — when four or more people have been shot.

  • The group recorded mass shootings on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio, (three deaths and four injuries); Austin, Texas (13 injuries, including two critical); Chicago, Illinois (one killed nine injured).
  • On Friday, mass shootings were recorded in Savannah, Georgia (one death, seven injuries); Winston Salem, North Carolina (one killed, three injured); Dallas, Texas (five wounded) and; Seattle, Washington (two deaths, two injuries).

What they're saying: James Alan Fox, a criminologist and professor at Northeastern University, told AP there had been a "worrisome ... blend of people beginning to get out and about in public" as pandemic restrictions lift.

  • "We have lots of divisiveness," he said. "And we have more guns and warm weather. It's a potentially deadly mix."

The big picture: The Gun Violence Archive's announcement comes five years on from the Pulse Nightclub shooting in which 49 people were killed and 53 others were wounded.

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