Mass shootings this year likely to be second-highest on record. Here’s the data
This year is likely to be the second-highest year for mass shootings in the United States on record, according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit that tracks gun violence incidents across the country.
The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter.
There have been at least 607 mass shootings through November 22 this year. That’s just short of the 638 mass shootings in the country at this point last year — the worst year on record since the group began tracking them in 2014. There were a total of 690 mass shootings in 2021. The United States is likely to soon surpass the total of 610 mass shootings in 2020.
Tuesday’s killings at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, left six people dead and four more with injuries. That was just three days after five people died and more than two dozen were in a shooting rampage at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado.
In the past week alone, mass shootings have claimed at least 24 lives and injured 37 others in gun rampages across seven states, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
There have been more mass shootings than days so far in 2022 — a trend that’s continued each year since 2019 — underscoring the growing prevalence of gun violence in American life.
The pace of mass shootings in 2022 is part of a three-year uptick that began in 2020. Between 2019 and 2020, the total number of mass shootings all year jumped from 417 to 610. The number jumped again in 2021 to 690.
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Incident date: July 20, 2012
City/county: Aurora, Colorado
Family members stand outside Gateway High School where witnesses were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises Batman movie Friday, July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colo.
AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File
Incident date: Dec. 14, 2012
City/county: Newtown, Connecticut
Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman opened fire, leaving 26 people dead, including 20 children on Dec. 14, 2012.
AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File
Incident date: Sept. 16, 2013
City/county: Washington, D.C.
A police boat patrols near the scene of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington. At least one gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard.
AP Photo/David Goldman, File
Incident date: June 17, 2015
City/county: Charleston, South Carolina
Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of a shooting at Emanuel AME Church, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside the historic black church, killing multiple people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime.
AP Photo/Ryan Kang, File
Incident date: Oct. 1, 2015
City/county: Roseburg, Oregon
A woman is comforted as friends and family wait for students at the local fairgrounds after a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.
AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File
Incident date: Dec. 2, 2015
City/county: San Bernardino, California
Authorities search for a suspect following a shooting that killed multiple people at a social services facility Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif.
AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File
Incident date: June 12, 2016
City/county: Orlando, Florida
Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla. A gunman massacred 49 people and wounded many others at the gay nightclub.
AP Photo/John Locher, File
Incident date: Oct. 1, 2017
City/county: Las Vegas, Nevada
In this Oct. 3, 2017, file photo, windows are broken at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas, the room from where Stephen Craig Paddock fired on a nearby music festival, killed 58 and injuring hundreds on Oct. 1, 2017.
AP Photo/Eric Gay, File
Incident date: Nov. 5, 2017
City/county: Sutherland Springs, Texas
A law enforcement official walks past the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
AP Photo/Joel Auerbach, File
Incident date: Feb. 14, 2018
City/county: Parkland, Florida
Parents wait for news after a reports of a shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File
Incident date: May 18, 2018
City/county: Santa Fe, Texas
People react outside the unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File
Incident date: Oct. 27, 2018
City/county: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Students from the Yeshiva School in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, pay their respects as the funeral procession for Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz passes their school en route to Homewood Cemetery following a funeral service at the Jewish Community Center, Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018.
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Incident date: Nov. 7, 2018
City/county: Thousand Oaks, California
In this image taken from video a victim is treated near the scene of a shooting, Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A hooded gunman dressed entirely in black opened fire on a crowd at a country dance bar holding a weekly "college night" in Southern California, killing multiple people and sending hundreds fleeing including some who used barstools to break windows and escape, authorities said Thursday. The gunman was later found dead at the scene.
AP Photo/Vicki Cronis-Nohe, File
Incident date: May 31, 2019
City/county: Virginia Beach, Virginia
A police chaplain heads toward Princess Anne Middle School in Virginia Beach, Va, on Friday, May 31, 2019. A longtime city employee opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, killing 11 people before police shot and killed him, authorities said. Six other people were wounded in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera.
AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez, File
Incident date: Aug. 3, 2019
City/county: El Paso, Texas
An El Paso police officer talks to a store employee following a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said.
AP Photo/John Minchillo, File
Incident date: Aug. 4, 2019
City/county: Dayton, Ohio
Shoes are piled outside the scene of a mass shooting at Ned Peppers bar, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Nine people in Ohio were killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours.
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File
Incident date: Aug. 31, 2019
City/county: Midland, Texas
Law enforcement officials process the crime scene from a shooting which ended with the shooter being shot dead by police in a stolen mail van, right, in Odessa, Texas. The mass shooting in West Texas spread terror over more than 10 miles as the gunman fired from behind the wheel of a car.
AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File
Incident date: March 16, 2021
City/county: Atlanta, Georgia
Law enforcement officials confer outside a massage parlor following a shooting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Atlanta. Shootings at two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs left eight people dead, several of them women of Asian descent, authorities said Tuesday.
AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File
Incident date: March 22, 2021
City/county: Boulder, Colorado
Police work on the scene outside a King Soopers grocery store where gunman killed 10 people on Monday, March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colo.
AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File
Incident date: April 15, 2021
Police stand near the scene where multiple people were shot at the FedEx Ground facility early Friday morning, April 16, 2021, in Indianapolis. A gunman killed eight people and wounded several others before apparently taking his own life in a late-night attack at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said.
Incident date: May 14, 2022
City/county: Buffalo, New York
People pray outside the scene of a shooting where police are responding at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., May 15, 2022. When police confronted Payton Gendron, the white man suspected of killing 10 Black people at the supermarket, he had an AR-15-style rifle and was cloaked in body armor. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Incident date: May 24, 2022
City/county: Uvalde, Texas
A visitor places bracelets on crosses at a memorial as he and others pay their respects to the victims killed in the Robb Elementary School shooting, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)