Thousand Oaks makes 307 mass shootings in 311 days


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When the thunder of gunfire broke via the revelry of a rustic music dance corridor filled with younger individuals kicking again on “faculty evening,” Thousand Oaks, California, added its title to a darkish roster: The location of the 307th mass capturing within the U.S. this 12 months.   

And an excellent grimmer statistic was marked: The 307th mass capturing befell on the 311th day of the 12 months – a mean of a lethal incident nearly every single day to this point this 12 months.   

The Wednesday evening bloodbath on the Borderline Bar and Grill, which left 13 individuals lifeless, together with the gunman, grew to become the nation’s newest mass capturing, in keeping with information from the Gun Violence Archive, a not-for-profit group that gives on-line public entry to details about gun-related violence.

In all, 328 individuals died in these incidents, and 1,251 had been injured, in keeping with the info. The numbers embody incidents through which 4 or extra individuals had been shot or killed, not together with the shooters, in keeping with the archive.

The rampage additionally got here throughout three weeks of hate and terror which have jolted the nation: a massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 aged individuals lifeless and a sequence of 16 pipe bombs mailed to distinguished Democrats, CNN and critics of President Donald Trump.

The incident was additionally the deadliest mass capturing within the U.S. in 2018 since 17 classmates and academics had been gunned down at a Parkland, Florida, faculty on Valentine’s Day.

That capturing galvanized a student-led anti-gun motion that turned younger individuals into activists. Simply 24 hours earlier than the spree in Thousand Oaks, Parkland survivors had celebrated the toppling of some NRA-backed candidates in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Thursday morning, a kind of college students, Cameron Kasky, 17, lamented the ache of witnessing extra bloodshed: 

“The Mayor of Thousand Oaks is totally proper,” Kasky tweeted. “No group is actually protected from these mass shootings. We’ve seen this far too many instances. What number of anomalies are there going to be? What number of instances are we going to right here (hear)  “no one would’ve thought it will occur right here?”

2018 has seen a number of high-profile mass shootings:

5 individuals had been gunned down within the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28.

Ten had been fatally shot at Santa Fe Excessive Faculty on Could 18.

4 individuals killed at a Waffle Home in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 22.

California’s earlier worst 2018 mass capturing got here on Sept. 12, when a Bakersfield man fatally shot 5, together with his spouse, earlier than killing himself.

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Here’s a have a look at different capturing sprees within the U.S.:

• Oct. 1, 2017: Stephen Paddock, 64, fired greater than 1,000 rounds from a 32nd-floor suite at a close-by resort on concertgoers on the Route 81 Harvest Music Pageant, killing 58 individuals and leaving a whole lot injured. Paddock was later discovered lifeless of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His motive stays unknown.

• June 12, 2016: Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old safety guard, kills 49 individuals and wounds 58 others at Pulse, a homosexual nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that was internet hosting a Latin evening. Mateen was killed by police. It was the deadliest terror assault within the U.S. since 9/11 and on the time was the worst mass capturing within the nation by a single gunman.

• April 16, 2007: Seung Hui Cho, a 23-year-old scholar, went on a capturing spree at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, killing 32 individuals, earlier than killing himself.

• Dec. 14, 2012: Adam Lanza, 20, gunned down 20 youngsters and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty earlier than killing himself.

• Oct. 16, 1991: George Hennard, 35, crashed his pickup via the wall of Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. He shot and killed 23 individuals earlier than committing suicide.

• July 18, 1984: James Huberty, 41, gunned down 21 adults and youngsters at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California, earlier than being killed by police.

• Aug. 1, 1966: Charles Joseph Whitman, a former U.S. Marine, shot and killed 16 individuals from a college tower on the College of Texas in Austin earlier than being shot by police.

• Aug. 20, 1986: An element-time mail provider, Patrick Henry Sherrill, shot and killed 14 postal staff in Edmund, Oklahoma, earlier than killing himself.

• Dec. 2, 2015: Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple dwelling in Redlands, California, opened fireplace at a San Bernardino County Division of Public Well being coaching occasion and vacation social gathering, killing 14 individuals and injuring 22 in a matter of minutes. Farook, an American-born U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, labored on the well being division. Malik had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a Fb put up earlier than the capturing.

• Nov. 5, 2009: U.S. Military Maj. Nidal Hasan fatally shot 13 individuals and injured 30 others at Fort Hood close to Killeen, Texas. Hasan, a psychiatrist, appeared to have been radicalized by an Islamic cleric. He was convicted and sentenced to demise.

• Sept. 16, 2013: Gunman Aaron Alexis, 34, fatally shot 12 individuals and injured three others on the headquarters of the Naval Sea Programs Command in Washington, D.C. He was later killed by police.

• July 20, 2012: James Holmes gunned down 12 individuals in an Aurora, Colorado, movie show. Final 12 months he was convicted of first-degree homicide and tried homicide and sentenced to 12 consecutive life sentences plus 3,318 years with out parole.

• Oct. 1, 2015: Christopher Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old scholar at Umpqua Neighborhood Faculty close to Roseburg, Oregon, shot an assistant professor and eight college students in a classroom. After a shootout with police, he dedicated suicide.

• June 18, 2015: A gunman opened fireplace at a weekly Bible examine on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. 9 individuals had been killed, together with pastor Clementa Pinckney; a 10th sufferer survived. The morning after the assault, police arrested a suspect, Dylann Roof, 21, who stated he needed to start out a race warfare. In December 2016, Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crimes prices, and in January he was sentenced to demise.

• July 16, 2015: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fireplace on two army installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The primary was a drive-by capturing at a recruiting heart; the second was at a U.S. Navy Reserve heart. 4 Marines and a Navy sailor died; a Marine recruit officer and a police provide had been wounded. Abdulazeez was killed by police in a gunfight. 

• Nov. 27, 2015: A gunman attacked a Deliberate Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing a police officer and two civilians and injuring 9 others. Robert Lewis Expensive was taken into custody after a five-hour standoff and charged with first-degree homicide.

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