In less than a month after 2023, the United States already has 36 mass shootings, that is, an average of 1.56 cases per day, which means that every 24 hours there is at least one act of armed violence in the country.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, an organization that catalogues all incidents of gun violence in the United States, a mass shooting is defined as an incident in which four or more victims are shot or killed.
The 11 fatalities and nine others injured in the massacre this weekend in Monterey Park, California, became the deadliest episode of armed violence since the Uvalde school massacre in Texas.
During the first 23 days of 2023, 37 mass shootings and four murders were reported in the United States in different regions of the nation, the Gun Violence Archive organization reported.
Among the incidents that have reported the most victims so far, the entity names the one that occurred on January 4 in Utah, where there were eight deaths and the alleged murderer is a man named Michael Orwin Haight, 42.
According to the platform, which records violent incidents in the North American country almost in real-time, a shooting that occurred in Florida, although it did not cause any deaths, did leave a balance of 10 injured.
The source also recorded 1,254 cases of suicide with a firearm, 189 adolescents and 26 children were injured. The deaths of minors add up to 20 and 81 of boys between 11 and 17 years of age.
Here are some recent incidents:
California shooting: A gunman killed six people in Tulare County, California, including a 16-year-old girl and her 10-month-old son on January 16.
Houston shooting: One person was killed and four others were injured when a carload of armed assailants unleashed a barrage of more than 50 shots on January 15 outside a Houston club, according to ABC News.
Cleveland home shooting: Three people were killed and two others seriously injured in a shooting at a Cleveland home on January 14.
Virginia shooting: A six-year-old boy opened fire in an elementary school classroom in the eastern US state of Virginia on Friday, seriously injuring a teacher on January 7.
Los Angeles shooting: A man shot and killed his family of seven, including five children, then killed himself after his wife filed for divorce on January 6.
Huntsville, Alabama: 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.
Enoch, Utah: A family of eight, including five children, was found dead with apparent gunshot wounds in a Utah home on January 4 after police conducted a welfare check, according to Enoch City, Utah officials.
Goshen, Calif: On January 16, four generations of a family died in a “cartel-like execution” at a California home. In total, 6 people died, including a 16-year-old mother, her 10-month-old son, the child’s grandmother and great-grandmother.
Louisiana: In Baton Rouge, the capital of the state of Louisiana, a shooting occurred at a nightclub that left twelve people injured, one of whom is in serious condition, while the other eleven are hospitalized in stable condition.
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