274 days, 294 mass shoot­ings

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - — Christo­pher In­gra­ham

The United States has gone no more than eight days with­out a mass shoot­ing this year. On six days in Septem­ber, there were three or more mass shoot­ings. Af­ter Thurs­day’s at­tack at an Ore­gon com­mu­nity col­lege, the to­tal num­ber of deaths by mass shoot­ing this year through Fri­day is 380, with well over 1,000 in­jured. The data be­low is drawn from the Mass Shoot­ing Tracker, which de­fines these in­ci­dents as in­volv­ing four or more peo­ple shot, in­clud­ing the shooter. The tracker draws some crit­i­cism be­cause its def­i­ni­tion is broader than the FBI’s, which re­quires three or more peo­ple to be killed, not just hurt, by gun­fire. But the broader def­i­ni­tion is use­ful be­cause it cap­tures many high-pro­file in­stances — like the Lafayette, La., theater shoot­ing in

July, in which two were killed and nine oth­ers wounded — that don’t meet the FBI’s cri­te­ria.

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