- The number of mass shootings in the US in 2017 reached 307 on Sunday. A shooter rained bullets on a church in Texas over the weekend, killing 26 people and leaving several others injured. There have been nearly as many mass shootings in the US as days in 2017.
On Sunday, at least 26 people were killed and several others were injured when a man approached the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and started shooting.
The incident marked the 307th mass shooting in 2017, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings in the US. To put this into perspective, we are 310 days into the year, which means the US has had nearly as many mass shootings as days in 2017.
Americans are more likely to die from gun violence than many leading causes of death combined, with some 11,000 people in the US killed in firearm assaults each year.
There is no broadly accepted definition of a mass shooting. Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as a single incident in which four or more people, not including the shooter, are “shot and/or killed” at “the same general time and location.”
The government also doesn’t have an official definition. In 2013, a report from the Congressional Research Service, known as Congress’s think tank, described mass shootings as those in which shooters “select victims somewhat indiscriminately” and kill four or more people – a higher bar than Gun Violence Archive’s, as it doesn’t take injuries into account.
In 2013, a federal mandate lowered that threshold to three deaths. By this definition, using data from Gun Violence Archive, the Las Vegas event was the 38th mass shooting in the US in 2017.
Data from Gun Violence Archive also shows that more than 13,000 people have died from gun-related violence so far this year and more than 26,900 others were injured.
Here’s a complete list of the mass shootings – as defined by Gun Violence Archive – that have occurred in the US so far in 2017. Click the arrows at the bottom to move through the list.
You can view a report of any incident by visiting the list at gunviolencearchive.org.