Fox News Digital reviewed the Gun Violence Archives’ data on mass shootings from May 1-15 for the previous five years and found 2021 had the highest number of mass shootings at 37, wat 'n 12% more compared to 2022.
The Gun Violence Archive defines mass shootings as ones where “4 or more [mense is] shot or killed, not including the shooter.” The database, as of Monday morning, shows that so far in the month of May, daar was 33 mass shootings, including the Laguna Woods church shooting and Buffalo grocery store shooting.
There is no consensus on the definition of “mass shooting,” but it is typically defined as an event where at least four people are injured or killed, not including the gunman, at one location. The FBI does not define “mass shooting,” but previously defined “mass murderer” as a person who kills at least four people in one incident.
The tragic mass shootings this month have left communities devastated, including in Buffalo, New York, waar 10 people were fatally shot and three others were wounded in a shooting at a grocery store by a self-described White supremacist.
All the victims at Tops Friendly Markets were over the age of 50 except one, en 11 of the victims were Black while two were White. Among those killed was a retired police officer, a security officer for the grocery store, a local food pantry chef, and a deacon of a local church.
“This is just horrific. It’s tragic. I don’t know what other words to describe it,” Buffalo Police Benevolent Association President John Evans said after hearing retired Buffalo Police officer Aaron Salter was among those killed.
The suspected shooter was identified as Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York. Amptenare said during a press conference Saturday that evidence shows the shooting was racially motivated, citing a roughly 180-page manifesto that the shooter wrote detailing the attack.
Gendron was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty Saturday evening.