The year 2023 has thus far been the worst year to date in terms of the number of mass shootings in the U.S. following the last killing spree in Half Moon Bay, California on Monday, when at least seven people were killed.
Dave Pine, San Mateo Board of Supervisors president, told CNN the suspect has been apprehended and is a 67-year-old man who lives in Half Moon Bay.
One shooting took place at a mushroom farm and another near a trucking facility, approximately two miles from the farm.
Deputies found four victims dead and one wounded upon arrival at the first location, and, soon after, three more dead victims were found at a separate site, San Mateo Sheriff Christina Corpus said at a news briefing.
New mass shooting follows killing spree at Monterey Park
This incident comes just two days after at least eleven people were killed in the mass shooting at a dance studio in Monterey Park, California.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he was meeting with victims of the mass shooting in Monterey Park when he was pulled away to be briefed on the shooting in Half Moon Bay.
“At the hospital meeting with victims of a mass shooting when I get pulled away to be briefed about another shooting,” Newsom said in a tweet. “This time in Half Moon Bay. Tragedy upon tragedy.”
38 mass shootings in the U.S. so far in 2023
There have now been thirty-eight mass shootings in the United States so far in 2023, according to the nonprofit organization Gun Violence Archive—more than there have been at this point in any year on record.
That’s more mass shootings in the month of January than in the previous five Januarys, dating back to 2018.
The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or more people are shot, not including the shooter.
So far in 2023, the Archive recorded 2,679 deaths related to gun violence. In 2022, the Gun Violence Archive recorded 647 mass shootings and 44,287 total deaths from gun violence.
2023 deadly mass shootings in the U.S.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, the following is the list of mass shootings during which at least one person was killed since the beginning of the year.
- January 23, 2023, Illinois, Chicago 2900 block of East 78th St, 2 dead, 3 injured
- January 23, 2023, California, Half Moon Bay, 12761 San Mateo Rd, 7 dead, 1 injured
- January 21, 2023, California, Monterey Park, 122 W Garvey Ave, 12 dead, 9 injured
- January 16, 2023, Florida Fort Pierce, Avenue M and N 13th St, 1 dead, 7 injured
- January 16, 2023, California, Goshen Harvest Ave and Rd 68, 6 dead
- January 16, 2023, Florida, Sanford Rinehart Rd and Co Rd 46A, 1 dead, 5 injured
- January 15, 2023, Illinois, Rockford 2311 23rd St, 3 dead, 2 injured
- January 15, 2023, Florida Homestead, 700 block of SW Sixth St, 1 dead, 3 injured
- January 15, 2023, Texas, Houston, 5121 FM 1960 Rd W, 1 dead, 4 injured
- January 13, 2023, Ohio, Cleveland, 3719 Mack Ct, 4 dead, 1 injured
- January 9, 2023, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 3300 block of Guilford St, 3 dead, 1 injured
- January 7, 2023, Alabama, Huntsville, 2817 Hwy 72 E, 2 dead, 9 injured
- January 7, 2023, North Carolina, High Point, 2734 Mossy Meadow Dr, 5 dead
- January 6, 2023, Texas, Dallas, 8544 Lazy Acres Cir, 3 dead, 2 injured
- January 6, 2023, California, San Francisco, 600 block of Valencia St, 1 dead, 3 injured
- January 5, 2023, Louisiana, New Orleans St Andrew St and Rev John Raphael Jr Way, 2 dead, 3 injured
- January 4, 2023, Utah, Cedar City, 4923 N Albert Dr, 8 dead
- January 4, 2023, Maryland, Baltimore, 4408 Edmondson Ave, 1 dead, 4 injured
- January 4, 2023, Virginia, Dumfries, 17900 block of Milroy Dr, 1 dead, 4 injured
- January 3, 2023, District of Columbia, Washington, 6200 block of Georgia Ave NW, 1 dead, 3 injured
- January 1, 2023, Ohio, Columbus, 2830 Johnstown Rd, 1 dead, 4 injured
- January 1, 2023, Florida, Ocala, 1600 block of SW 5th St, 2 dead, 4 injured
- January 1, 2023, Illinois, Chicago, 300 block of E 57th St, 1 dead, 3 injured
According to the Gun Violence Archive, in 2022 alone, guns resulted in a total of 6,054 injuries and deaths among children under seventeen. This is a 5.7 percent increase from 2021 (5,708) and an increase of 14.7 percent from 2020 (5,160).
As of December 28, 2022, 307 children under the age of twelve had been murdered, and 670 had been wounded by shootings—intentional or not—in the United States. There were 1,331 deaths and 3,734 injuries reported among teens ages twelve to seventeen.
These numbers include deaths caused by gun attacks, suicide attempts, accidents, and other legal actions that led to gun deaths. Also included are deaths caused by guns that have not yet been figured out.
The United States is the only country in the world where there are more civilian guns than there are people, according to the Small Arms Survey (SAS), a Swiss research project. SAS reports that there are 120 guns for every one hundred Americans.
After each mass shooting, the issue of gun control gets renewed attention in politics and the media. Last June, in response to the Uvalde massacre in May that killed nineteen children and two adults, President Biden signed into law a bipartisan gun reform bill, the most significant of its kind in decades.