At Least 14 Dead In Memorial Day Weekend Mass Shootings—Outpacing Prior Years
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Some 14 people have been killed in more than a dozen mass shootings across the United States since Friday, marking a deadlier Memorial Day weekend for mass shootings than any other in the past four years—as shootings remain at higher-than-usual levels this year.

Key Facts

On top of the 14 people who were killed this holiday weekend in mass shootings, at least another 58 people were injured, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as an incident with at least four injuries or deaths, not including the shooter.

A suspect was taken into custody in Mesa, Arizona, after killing four people and injuring one person during a series of shootings that started Friday afternoon and ended Saturday morning, multiple news outlets reported.

Three people were killed and five were injured after Saturday evening shooting at a motorcycle rally in Red River, New Mexico—a suspect was later taken into custody.

Seven people were injured outside Columbus, Ohio, early Monday morning while doing donuts in a parking lot, though police told WBNS, a CBS affiliate, that all of the victims are expected to survive.

An argument between two men led to a shooting in Baltimore, Maryland, on Friday afternoon injuring five people, with police still searching for the suspect, according to NBC affiliate WBAL.

Key Background

Holiday weekends tend to be deadlier than regular weekends, and in recent years, the Memorial Day weekend has followed that trend. Over the Friday-to-Monday stint last year, 77 people were injured and 13 died as the result of mass shootings. In 2021, from May 28 to 31, 52 were injured and nine died in mass shootings. Even though the pandemic sent many indoors, over the same holiday weekend in 2020, 56 people were injured and ten died in mass shootings. And 2019 brought similar numbers, with 52 people injured and nine dead in mass shootings from May 24 to 27. This follows a series of headline-making shootings that led the U.S. to reach a decades-long high for the most mass shootings and mass shooting deaths by early April.

Big Number

257. That’s how many mass shootings have happened in the U.S. so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, outpacing the 229 reported at this point last year and the 233 reported at this point in 2021—which was the worst year for mass shootings in a decade.

Further Reading

Over 200 Killed In U.S. Mass Shootings So Far This Year—A Decade-Long High (Forbes)

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