U.S. setting mass shooting
May 10, 2023 - The U.S. has seen more mass killings to date than any other year since 2006. Driven by gun violence, 115 people have died in 22 mass shootings -- an average of one mass killing every six days.
The FBI defines mass killings as incidents in which four or more victims, not counting the assailant, are killed within 24 hours. Most mass killings are mass shootings.
A gunman killed eight people -- including two elementary school students -- in Saturday’s (May 6, 2023) deadly attack at Allen Premium Outlets, a bustling mall in the affluent Dallas suburb of Allen.
The shooter, believed to have acted alone, was killed by a police officer at the scene, authorities said. The Allen, Texas attack is the second-deadliest U.S. mass shooting of the year.
The U.S. usually experiences about six mass killings in public places per year, with 13 in 2021 being the highest it has ever seen in a single year. 2023 has already seen high-profile mass shootings in California, Kentucky, and Tennessee, claiming the lives of 115 people.