From Friday night through Sunday night, more than a dozen mass shootings erupted in communities across the country. Several were fatal and many were injured.
We looked at data from the Gun Violence Archive and found that there were 13 mass shootings between Friday night and Sunday. Mass shootings are defined by the Gun Violence Archive as those where at least four people are killed or shot, but not the shooter.
According to the database, at least 69 people were hurt and 17 died. GVA data shows that there have been 246 mass shooters so far this year. This matches the number of mass shootings in the same time period last year.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney stated in a Sunday statement that “once again, we see lives being lost and people hurt in yet another horrendous and brazen act of gun violence.”
Three people were killed and eleven others injured in a shooting on Philadelphia’s South Street. It was one of the worst mass shootings that occurred over the weekend. Police believe that gunfire broke out after the victim and another man got into an altercation.
The victims were aged between 17 and 69.
Three people were killed and fourteen others were injured in a shooting that occurred at a Chattanooga nightclub on Sunday morning. Authorities believe that “multiple shooters”, who opened fire on the victims, left two dead from gunshot wounds and one victim killed after being struck by a car while fleeing, opened fire.
A shooting occurred at a Phoenix strip mall on Saturday, leaving a 14-year-old girl dead and eight other people injured. The incident was caused by a fight between two groups at a party.
Police said that many rounds were fired into the crowd as they fled the area.
One woman was killed and seven others were injured in a shooting incident at a South Carolina high school graduation party on Saturday.
According to GVA data, the other shootings took place in New York and Georgia, Texas, Nebraska, and Virginia. There were also three mass shootings that occurred in Michigan, as well as another one in Arizona.
We previously examined data that shows an increase in violent crime in 2020 compared to years past. According to GVA data, 2020 saw an increase in mass shootings by 46% over 2019. There were 417 mass shootings in 2019 and 611 in 2020.
FBI data shows a 30% increase in murders in 2020 compared to 2019, but FBI data does not show this. The FBI data on 2020 murders shows a nearly 30% increase in murders compared to 2019. However, Black Americans saw a 32% increase in murders in 2020 compared with 2019. Data show that there was a 43% increase in Black murders in 2020, compared to the 10-year average.
These shootings follow several other recent high-profile, devastating mass shootings. On May 24, 19 children and 2 adults were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde Texas. A shooting at a Buffalo grocery shop on May 14 left 10 people dead and three more injured.