U.S. Mass Killing Total Highest in Three Years

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The nation has seen 112 people killed in mass shootings some 216 days into the year. That is about one death every other day – more than most similar periods over the past decade, according to an analysis from USA Today, the Associated Press and Northeastern University.

Only 2016 had more mass killings this many days into the year. In 2017, 181 lives were lost in these type of incidents. The analysis uses the FBI definition for mass killings: those in which four or more people were killed, not including the shooter.

Thirty-one people died and dozens were wounded Saturday in Texas and Ohio.  Nearly every state has been touched by similar violence. Since 2006, 1,714 people have been killed in 311 mass shootings, about one incident for every two weeks.

The Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas episode on Oct. 1, 2017 remains the nation’s worst mass shooting, with 58 deaths, followed by the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando in 2016. Last Saturday’s El Paso, Tx., killings rank sixth.

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