In case you missed it last week, there were at least five major shootings that took place in the span of seven days. Three of those shootings were mass shootings (four or more killed, not including the shooter) and two of these shootings involved domestic violence. Each shooting is an unfortunate – and often preventable – sampling of America’s problem with gun violence, that kills 91 Americans every day and injures hundreds more. Here’s a closer look at these five shootings you may have missed:
• Kalamazoo, Michigan – On Saturday, February 20, a 45-year-old man shot and killed six people, and shot and injured at least two others, across three incidents at an apartment complex, a car dealership and restaurant between 6:00 PM and 10:30 PM.
• Phoenix, Arizona – On Tuesday, February 23, an alleged gunman shot and killed four members of his family before killing himself in their home.
• Fort Wayne, Indiana – On Wednesday, February 24, three young men were killed “execution style” in a Fort Wayne home.
• Heeston, Kansas – On Thursday, February 25, an Excel Industries employee killed three co-workers and injured seventeen others. The gunman was prohibited from possessing firearms at the time of the shooting.
• Belfair, Washington – On Friday, February 26, a man shot and killed four people, including his wife, two children and another woman, before he killed himself in his home. The gunman was prohibited from possessing firearms at the time of the shooting.
We’re just scratching the surface here. A previously released report from Everytown for Gun Safety about mass shootings provides a comprehensive analysis of incidents in which four or more people – not including the shooter – are shot and killed. The analysis found that more than half (57 percent) of these mass shooting incidents were related to domestic violence.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re looking for more information on the shootings above, on how states can take action to help keep guns out of dangerous hands or on the wider portrait of gun violence in America.