12 mass shootings over Memorial Day weekend in U.S.


U.S. marks Memorial Day weekend with at least 12 mass shootings

Since the Uvalde, Tex., elementary school tragedy, there have been at least 15 other shootings that had at least four victims

By Annabelle Timsit

Updated May 31, 2022 at 3:43 a.m. EDT|Published May 30, 2022 at 9:43 a.m. EDT

After a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Tex., that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers last week, many politicians, public figures and gun-control advocates said the U.S. government should ensure mass shootings could not happen again.

But mass shootings have already happened again — and again. At least 15 mass shootings have taken place across the United States since Tuesday, from California to Arizona to Tennessee.

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These incidents, gleaned from local news reports and police statements, meet the threshold for mass shootings as defined by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research organization.

GVA defines a mass shooting as one in which “four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter.” Several of those shootings occurred at parties, and one at a Memorial Day event.

Brian Stelter, chief media correspondent and news anchor at CNN, interrupted a broadcast Sunday about the response to the mass shooting in Uvalde to tell viewers about another — in Tennessee [1].

“Mass killings like Buffalo and Uvalde become national news, but many mass shootings do not. They just end up being local stories,” Stelter said, in a clip that has been viewed over 370,000 times on Twitter.

On Saturday evening, six teenagers were injured by gunfire in Chattanooga, Tenn., in what Mayor Tim Kelly said was probably “an altercation between other teenagers.”

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The victims, who were between the ages of 13 and 15, were transported to a hospital, and two had life-threatening injuries, according to the Chattanooga Police Department.

The Chattanooga shooting was one of at least five mass shootings that took place on Saturday alone [1-5], according to GVA.

On Sunday, there were at least another five mass shootings [6-10], including one at a Memorial Day festival in Taft, Okla. [6]

Authorities said one person was killed and seven people were injured, including a minor. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said a suspect turned himself in and was in custody.

Meanwhile, one person died and three others were injured during a shooting at a party in Merced County, Calif. [7], the sheriff’s office said. One victim was still in “critical condition” Sunday afternoon.

The shootings continued into Monday, when police in Benton Harbor, Mich [11]., were called to an area around a liquor store where a shooting had taken place in the early hours of Monday. One man was dead, and six were injured by gunfire, according to WNDU.

It was the city’s “2nd DOUBLE HOMICIDE scene in two hours [11-12],” according to Steve Keeley, a reporter for FOX 29 Philadelphia,after a father and his 9-year-old son were shot inside their car in Philadelphia on Sunday evening, law enforcement said.

The grim litany of mass shootings began even before the official start of the holiday weekend, when police in Anniston, Ala., said gunfire erupted after a graduation party attended by more than 150 young adults and teenagers as young as 14. Six people were injured by gunfire.

In the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting, many local leaders and community representatives issued emotional pleas for action. As The Washington Post has reported, it is unlikely that Congress will be able to pass gun-control measures.

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3 thoughts on “12 mass shootings over Memorial Day weekend in U.S.

  1. Thank you for this post. Is it possible that you could bold or number each incident. Hard to follow in a way. Thanks if so, if ot understandable as well. Be well.


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