Grim Milestone for Gun Violence: Number of 2023 Mass Shooting Incidents in US Surpasses 500
Amidst a troubling surge in mass shootings in the US, according to authorities, 2023 recorded the most horrific shooting incidents. Recent events in Denver, Colorado, and El Paso, Texas, have added to the dreary tally, prompting renewed concerns about gun violence in America.
The US officially surpassed 500 mass shooting
cases for 2023 this past weekend, data collected by the Gun Violence Archive has revealed.
As of Sunday, the Archive's records paint a somber picture of 2023, with 501 reported shooting incidents. The 500-mark was reached after a shooting took place in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday night. The Denver Police Department detailed the incident resulted in four individuals being hospitalized, with a fifth victim subsequently found.
In an official statement released on X, formerly known as Twitter, law enforcement authorities assured that each individual involved in the incident
is anticipated to recover fully. Also, no arrests have been made as of Sunday morning.
The watchdog officially marked 501 mass shootings for the year with a Sunday incident that claimed the life of a 19-year-old man and left five others injured in El Paso, Texas. Per local media, one of the wounded victims is in critical condition.
January witnessed a devastating event in Monterey Park, California, marking this year's most tragic shooting. Following a Lunar New Year celebration, a dance studio turned into a scene of tragedy after 11 individuals were killed and 10 others were left wounded.
Fresh insights gleaned from a comprehensive analysis conducted by the Gun Violence Archive - responsible for cataloging incidents involving four or more individuals, either wounded or killed, reveal that 2023 has witnessed a noteworthy decline in the total count of such events compared to the preceding three years.
Nevertheless, it is imperative to underscore that this year's figures already surpassed those recorded in 2019, which documented a staggering 414 incidents, and in 2018, which reported 335 such occurrences.
The year 2021 etched the grimmest record in US history, with 689 reported incidents, marking an unprecedented surge in such events. The year 2022 witnessed a dip in occurrences, with 645 recorded. However, data from the FBI indicates an uptick in the overall count of Americans injured in these incidents, when comparing data from 2021 and 2022.
The FBI defines a mass shooting as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area,” which deviates from metrics that primarily consider the total victim count in evaluating an incident.
Despite the decline witnessed in the preceding year, FBI officials contend the overarching pattern spanning the past two decades demonstrates an ongoing increase in these events. The progression persists irrespective of the particular criteria applied to evaluate them.