Mass Shootings
May 10, 2021

A gunman walked into a birthday party in Colorado Springs, Colorado, early Sunday and opened fire, killing six adults and then himself, police said. One of the victims was the gunman's girlfriend, police said. None of the children at the party were shot, but they were "crying hysterically" when police drove them away to be placed with relatives, Yenifer Reyes, a neighbor at the trailer park where the shooting occurred, told The Denver Post.

Freddy Marquez, who attended the birthday party but left early with his wife and children, told the Post that everyone at the party was extended family. The party was for his wife and her brother, Marquez said, and his wife's mom, two brothers, and three other extended family members were killed by the gunman, who he said he did not know well.

"It was Colorado's worst mass shooting since a gunman killed 10 people at a Boulder supermarket March 22," The Associated Press notes.

"My heart breaks for the families who have lost someone they love and for the children who have lost their parents," Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) said "the tragic shooting in Colorado Springs is devastating, especially as many of us are spending the day celebrating the women in our lives who have made us the people we are today." Peter Weber

April 19, 2021

Federal and local law enforcement were searching Sunday night for a former sheriff's deputy suspected of killing three people late Sunday morning in Austin, Texas. The suspect, Stephen Broderick, 41, was a property crimes detective for the Travis County sheriff's office until last June, when he resigned after being arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a child. After spending 16 days in jail last June, Broderick posted bail; Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza said his office filed a motion Sunday to revoke Broderick's $50,000 bond.

The victims, described only as two Hispanic women and one Black man, were all known to Broderick, who is Black, interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said. "At this point, we do not think this individual is out there targeting random people to shoot. That does not mean he is not dangerous." The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service are aiding in the manhunt.

The shooting in Austin was the second multiple gun homicide on Sunday. Wisconsin's Kenosha County Sheriff's Department said Sunday afternoon that law enforcement has apprehended and charged with first-degree homicide a "person of interest" in a shooting at a Kenosha tavern early Sunday morning. At least three people died the three people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds after the shooting.

There have been about 150 mass shootings — defined as four or more people shot — in 2021, and in the 34 days since a gunman murdered eight people at Atlanta-area spas in March, an average of nearly two mass shootings have happened every day, The Washington Post reports, citing the Gun Violence Archive. CNN made a map, posted before the Austin shooting, which in any case falls one death short of that definition of a mass shooting.

In the 34 days since the Atlanta shootings, 82 people have been killed in mass shootings and 228 injured, the Post reports. Peter Weber

April 16, 2021

Indianapolis police said early Friday that eight people have been confirmed dead after a mass shooting at a FedEx facility on the grounds of the Indianapolis International Airport late Thursday. Along with the eight people shot dead, at least four people have been hospitalized, one of them with critical injuries, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Genae Cook told reporters. Two other people were treated at the scene. Police said the gunman shot and killed himself after officers arrived at the FedEx facility just after 11 p.m. Thursday night.

"We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport," FedEx said in a statement early Friday. "Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected. We are working to gather more information and are cooperating with investigating authorities." Peter Weber

September 1, 2019

Following Saturday's mass shooting which resulted in at least seven deaths and several other injuries in the surrounding area of Midland and Odessa, Texas, the death toll from mass shootings in the United States has surpassed 50 in August alone. Lawmakers, Trump administration officials, and presidential candidates responded to the latest manifestation of violence in the country over the weekend.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Sunday on ABC's This Week that in the U.S.'s counterterrorism strategy "domestic terrorism has a taken a frontline focus."

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who presided as Florida's governor when a mass shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, said he's "hopeful" Congress will pass gun reform measures when it reconvenes this month. Scott noted that after the Parkland shooting, Florida passed red flag laws that allow a court to remove firearms from a person who may be a danger to themselves or others. The senator stopped short of saying he supports a universal background check, however.

Meanwhile, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), who suspended his Democratic presidential campaign to return to his hometown of El Paso, Texas, following a mass shooting that occurred there earlier in August, offered his condolences to the people of Midland and Odessa. So did O'Rourke's fellow Texan, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, another Democratic presidential candidate, and Texas Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. Read more responses from political figures at Politico. Tim O'Donnell

August 5, 2019

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) seems to think President Trump's words sound familiar.

After a weekend of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the House Judiciary Committee chair appeared Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss ties between Trump's rhetoric and the shooters' apparent motives. Nadler said the shootings were "clearly, at least in part, a result of [Trump's] racist rhetoric," and then went on to suggest Trump's proposed background checks were just an extension of the president's prejudice.

Saturday's El Paso shooting left 20 people dead, and was quickly followed by a shooting that killed nine more. Soon after, Trump called for bipartisan support for background checks in a deal that could "perhaps" be tied to immigration reform.

While Nadler backed Trump's background check suggestion, he had a big issue with the immigration tie. "What's the connection between background checks and immigration reform?" he asked on Morning Joe. "That we have to keep guns out of the hands out of the invading hordes of less-than human people coming across our border? That's the implication." Nadler then said Trump's proposed immigration-gun reform deal "reminds me of the 1930s in Germany." Kathryn Krawczyk

February 16, 2019

Six people were killed, including a shooting suspect identified by authorities as a man named Gary Martin, in a workplace shooting at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday afternoon.

Martin was a 15-year employee of the Henry Pratt Company and was scheduled to be let go from his job Friday. In addition to fatally shooting five people, he wounded six police officers, all of whom are in stable condition. Though initial reports said the suspect was taken into custody, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin (D) and Tammy Duckworth (D) both tweeted their thanks to first responders and said they were monitoring the situation. "My heart hurts for the victims, their families, the brave first responders, Aurora, and all of Illinois right now," Duckworth wrote in a follow-up post. "Our nation's epidemic of deadly gun violence is a real national emergency." Bonnie Kristian

November 10, 2018

The suspect in the mass shooting that left 13 people dead, including the gunman, in a Southern California bar Wednesday night paused his rampage to make a post on social media, local authorities report.

While Ian David Long's social media accounts have been scrubbed, he reportedly made two posts in the middle of the attack. Law enforcement did not say which social media platform was used, but did note he reflected on probable speculation about his mental health.

"Our hearts are with the victims and families affected by this horrendous act," said a statement from Facebook. "We've removed the shooter's accounts from Facebook and Instagram and will remove any praise or support for the crime or the shooter as soon as we're aware."

Long died of a gunshot wound thought to be self-inflicted, and investigation is ongoing into his motives for the attack. Bonnie Kristian

November 4, 2018

The suspect in the yoga studio shooting that left three people dead, including the shooter, in Tallahassee, Florida, Friday night had a record of making racist and misogynistic comments online, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Scott Paul Beierle, 40, reportedly identified as an "involuntary celibate," or "incel," and used violent language to express anger at women who did not date him. "Made one date, didn't show up," he ranted about one woman. "Made another date, didn't show up. Kept making excuses. Ah, I could've ripped her head off." He has also been accused of offline harassment and groping.

Tallahassee police say Beierle posed as a customer of the yoga studio to get into a hot yoga class before he opened fire. Once inside, he shot six people using a handgun, killing two, and pistol-whipped a man who tried to intervene. Two of those injured are still hospitalized but stable; the other three have been released. Bonnie Kristian

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