Amer­ica’s av­er­ag­ing in 2018 al­most one mass shoot­ing a day

Lodi News-Sentinel - - STATE/NATION - By Peter Sblendorio

There have been nearly as many mass shoot­ings in the United States in 2018 as there have been days in the year so far, ac­cord­ing to a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that records gun vi­o­lence data.

The hor­rific at­tack car­ried out in a Thou­sand Oaks bar on Wed­nes­day night was the 307th mass shoot­ing in Amer­ica this year, ac­cord­ing to the Gun Vi­o­lence Ar­chive, which clas­si­fies a “mass shoot­ing” as a sin­gu­lar event in which at least four peo­ple are shot, not in­clud­ing the shooter.

Wed­nes­day marked 311th day of 2018.

Twelve peo­ple were killed Wed­nes­day when the gun­man — iden­ti­fied as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old for­mer Marine — opened fire in­side the Border­line Bar & Grill.

Alaina Hous­ley — the 18year-old niece of “Sis­ter, Sis­ter” ac­tress Tam­era MowryHous­ley and ex-Fox News cor­re­spon­dent Adam Hous­ley — has also been iden­ti­fied as a vic­tim, as have 22-year-old Cody Coff­man and 23-year-old Cal­i­for­nia Lutheran Uni­ver­sity stu­dent Justin Meek. the

Au­thor­i­ties also found the gun­man dead at the scene. Of­fi­cials be­lieve Long took his own life.

The Gun Vi­o­lence Ar­chive says more than 12,400 lives in Amer­ica have been lost in 2018 as the re­sult of gun vi­o­lence. More than 24,200 have been in­jured through gun vi­o­lence, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion's web­site.

The shoot­ing in Thou­sand Oaks took place just 11 days af­ter an­other gun­man — iden­ti­fied as Robert Gre­gory Bow­ers — car­ried out an at­tack on the Tree of Life sy­n­a­gogue in Pitts­burgh, killing 11 peo­ple.

The dead­li­est mass shoot­ing of the year took place in Fe­bru­ary, when 17 stu­dents and fac­ulty mem­bers at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School in Park­land, Fla., lost their lives when a for­mer stu­dent, iden­ti­fied as Niko­las Cruz, opened fire. Four­teen of those vic­tims were stu­dents.

Then three months later, 10 peo­ple were shot and killed at Santa Fe High School in south­east­ern Texas by al­leged gun­man Dim­itrios Pagourtzis, who was a stu­dent at the school. Eight of those vic­tims were stu­dents, and the other two were teach­ers.

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