After San Bernardino shooting, 2015 on pace to be deadliest year for mass shootings in U.S. since 2012

The Wednesday mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead and at least 17 others injured is the deadliest single mass shooting since the massacre of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut three years ago.

It also puts 2015 on pace to be America’s deadliest for mass shootings since 2012

The chart below shows deaths and injuries from mass shooting (at least four people killed) in the United States through Nov. 2, 2015.

As of this Tuesday, 28 people were shot to death, and 11 others hurt, in mass shootings in America this year.

Wednesday’s violence brought that toll to 42 people killed and at least 28 injured.

In all of 2012, America’s most deadly for gun violence in the United States in more than 30 years, 72 people were killed in mass shootings.

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But keep in mind the vast majority of people shot to death in the United States aren’t killed in mass shootings: Many are smaller-scale killings but most U.S. gun deaths are suicides, according to a report in the New York Times.

Both suspects in Wednesday’s shooting, 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook, and 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, were killed during a shootout with police in the hours following the shooting at the Inland Regional Center.

The FBI is among the law enforcement agencies investigating the possible motives behind the shooting.


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