MASS shootings in the US reached an all-time high six months into 2022.
The record numbers come only days after six people were killed and 30 others injured in a mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois on July 4.
How many mass shootings have taken place in 2022?
Mass shootings in the US are on the rise, occurring in grocery stores, schools, concerts, and subway stations across the country.
Insider reported that between January and July 2022, the country has had at least 314 mass shootings.
A mass shooting is described as an "incident in which four or more people were shot or killed, excluding the shooter."
How many school shootings have taken place in 2022?
The company has reportedly been tracking school shootings since 2018 and added that the highest number of shootings since then happened in 2021 when there were 34 school shootings.
Other 2022 school shootings include:
- January 4 at Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois
- January 19 at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida
- February 1 at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- March 31 at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville, South Carolina
- April 5 at Erie High School in Erie, Pennsylvania
- April 22 at Edmund Burke School in Washington, DC
- May 19 at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Michigan
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What is the deadliest school shooting in history?
When people mention school shootings, the Sandy Hook Elementary and Columbine High School tragedies often come to mind, but there is another school shooting that occurred among those that has the highest number of fatalities, according to data from Statista.
In 2007, 32 people ultimately lost their lives during the Virginia Tech massacre.
At the time, senior English major Seung-Hui Cho, who was armed with a 9-millimeter handgun, a 22-caliber handgun, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, went on a shooting spree that began around 7.15am local time.
According to HISTORY, Cho's first victims were a female freshman and a male resident assistant, which led police to pursue the female victim’s boyfriend as a suspect because they believed that it was an isolated domestic-violence incident.
However, just a few hours later, around 9.40am, Cho continued on his spree before shooting himself.
In all, the shooting took the lives of 27 students and five faculty members.