The most recent mass killing within the U.S. occurred Wednesday evening in Lewiston, Maine, when a person opened hearth at a bowling alley and a bar, killing not less than 16 individuals, two regulation enforcement officers advised The Related Press. Dozens of individuals have been additionally wounded.
The alert for Lewiston was made shortly after 8 p.m. because the sheriff’s workplace reported that regulation enforcement companies have been investigating “two energetic shooter occasions.”
The person recognized as an individual of curiosity in a mass killing in Maine is a firearms teacher educated by the navy and was lately dedicated to a psychological well being facility, in line with a state police bulletin.
The taking pictures was the nation’s thirty sixth mass killing this 12 months, in line with a database maintained by The Related Press and USA At this time in partnership with Northeastern College. A minimum of 188 individuals have died in these killings, that are outlined as incidents by which 4 or extra individuals have died inside a 24-hour interval, not together with the killer — the identical definition utilized by the FBI.
Thus far this 12 months, the nation has witnessed the second-highest quantity on file of mass killings and deaths up to now in a single 12 months. Solely 2019 had extra mass killings. In line with the database, there have been greater than 560 mass killings since 2006, by which not less than 2,900 individuals died and not less than 2,000 have been injured.
Right here’s what occurred within the different U.S. mass killings this 12 months.
ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS: Sept. 17
A pair, their two kids — ages 7 and 9 — and three canines have been discovered fatally shot of their suburban Chicago dwelling. Police have been requested to examine on the household after one member didn’t present for work that morning and telephone calls went unanswered, authorities mentioned. A 32-year-old man was suspected within the deaths. He died days later after a fiery crash in Oklahoma, together with a passenger, and had a relationship with the victims, police mentioned.
LAKE TOWNSHIP, OHIO: Aug. 24
5 members of a household, together with three kids, have been discovered lifeless at a house in Lake Township, Ohio, by law enforcement officials performing a welfare examine. Authorities say a husband and spouse and their two daughters and son died from gunshot wounds and their deaths are being investigated as a home dispute that turned lethal. It’s unclear who fired the pictures.
OKLAHOMA CITY: Aug. 16
Police in Oklahoma Metropolis mentioned a 28-year-old man fatally shot three younger kids — ages 9, 5 and a pair of — and his estranged spouse earlier than taking his personal life. Officers visited the household dwelling following a report of a home disturbance. Authorities described the couple as married however separated and mentioned police had by no means been referred to as to a home disturbance on the dwelling earlier than. They added that investigators haven’t but decided a motive.
HAMPTON, GEORGIA: July 15
A 40-year-old man is accused of fatally taking pictures 4 individuals, all of their 60s, in a suburb south of Atlanta. Police mentioned the person’s motive was not instantly clear. The killings set off a large search that ended with a shootout that killed the person in one other suburb about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away. The alternate of gunfire wounded a sheriff’s deputy and two law enforcement officials.
SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA: July 4
A number of males are believed to have exchanged gunfire at an annual Independence Day block celebration simply earlier than midnight, leaving not less than 4 individuals lifeless and not less than seven others injured, in line with police. Suspects weren’t rapidly recognized, and arrests weren’t instantly made.
PHILADELPHIA: July 3
A 40-year-old man is accused of opening hearth randomly with an AR-15-style rifle, killing 4 individuals and wounding 4 others, together with a 2-year-old, in a southwest Philadelphia neighborhood. Authorities mentioned the person fatally shot one other particular person in a row home the day earlier than.
GREEN POND, SOUTH CAROLINA: July 2
A 33-year-old man was charged with homicide within the killings of his sister-in-law and 11-year-old daughter after authorities discovered six individuals lifeless and one particular person in vital situation at a house whereas responding to reviews of a home hearth and stabbings, officers mentioned. They didn’t instantly establish a motive. The person was later charged in reference to the opposite 4 deaths, in line with media reviews.
KELLOGG, IDAHO: June 18
A 31-year-old man is accused of fatally taking pictures 4 members of a neighboring household of their condo on Father’s Day. The person was upset that the neighbor’s 18-year-old son had reportedly uncovered himself to the person’s kids, a police doc alleges.
SEQUATCHIE, TENNESSEE: June 15
A 48-year-old man is considered answerable for killing himself and 5 others — together with three kids and his estranged spouse — in a house the place police responded to a taking pictures and arrived to search out the residence ablaze, authorities mentioned. A seventh particular person suffered gunshot wounds and was discovered alive on the dwelling after firefighters extinguished the flames.
MESA, ARIZONA: Could 26
A 20-year-old man shot 4 males to demise and wounded a girl in a 12-hour crime spree in metro Phoenix, authorities mentioned. He advised police that he met the victims at random that day at a spread of locations, together with a park and a comfort retailer, and have become indignant when the topic of medicine got here up.
NASH, TEXAS: Could 23
Authorities jailed an 18-year-old man in reference to the shootings of his dad and mom, sister and brother inside a house. A sufferer’s co-worker who went to the house after one of many victims failed to indicate up for work advised police that the person mentioned “he had killed his household as a result of they have been cannibals, they usually have been going to eat him.”
ALLEN, TEXAS: Could 6
A 33-year-old man with an arsenal of legally-purchased firearms killed eight individuals and wounded seven others at a Dallas-area buying heart. He had posted on-line about his white supremacist and misogynistic views. A police officer fatally shot him inside 4 minutes.
LAKE WALES, FLORIDA: Could 2
A 38-year-old man was suspected of fatally taking pictures a girl and her three kids after police have been referred to as to an condo advanced the place they discovered the our bodies. After an hourslong standoff at a motel, police fatally shot the person.
HENRYETTA, OKLAHOMA: Could 1
A 39-year-old man fatally shot his spouse, her three kids and their two mates earlier than killing himself, authorities mentioned. They have been all discovered lifeless on his rural property. He was a convicted rapist who had been free of jail early, regardless of dealing with new intercourse costs in a separate case.
MOJAVE, CALIFORNIA: April 30
4 individuals have been discovered fatally shot inside an RV in a distant Mojave Desert neighborhood, authorities mentioned. There have been no rapid arrests, however two individuals have been being searched for questioning as “individuals of curiosity.”
CLEVELAND, TEXAS: April 28
A 38-year-old man was arrested after a four-day manhunt. Authorities allege that the person charged right into a neighbor’s dwelling and killed 5 individuals, together with a 9-year-old boy, after his neighbors requested him to cease firing his AR-style rifle as a result of a child was attempting to sleep.
BOWDOIN, MAINE: April 18
A 32-year-old man confessed to fatally taking pictures 4 individuals, together with his dad and mom, at a house. From there he fled and fired pictures at shifting autos on a freeway. A number of autos have been hit by gunfire however the three individuals injured have been a household all in the identical automotive.
DADEVILLE, ALABAMA: April 15
Six suspects — ages 15 to twenty — have been charged with reckless homicide in reference to a taking pictures at a Candy 16 party that killed 4 individuals and injured not less than 32 others. Two highschool seniors have been killed. The opposite two killed have been 19 and 23.
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: April 10
A 25-year-old financial institution worker armed with a rifle opened hearth at his office, killing 5 individuals — together with an in depth good friend of Kentucky’s governor — whereas livestreaming the assault on Instagram, authorities mentioned. Police arrived as pictures have been nonetheless being fired inside Outdated Nationwide Financial institution and killed the shooter throughout an alternate of gunfire.
MONROE, LOUISIANA: March 31
A 37-year-old man was arrested on arson and homicide costs after a hearth killed 4 individuals in a house, KNOE-TV reported.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: March 27
A 28-year-old killed three kids and three adults in a taking pictures at a small Christian elementary faculty earlier than being killed by police. The shooter was a former scholar there. Police have mentioned the shooter “was assigned feminine at delivery” however used masculine pronouns on social media.
SUMTER, SOUTH CAROLINA: March 21
A 42-year-old former soldier shot and killed three kids as they slept of their dwelling whereas their mom frantically sought assist, authorities mentioned. He additionally killed an Military soldier who was on the dwelling earlier than killing himself. The shooter and the youngsters’s mom have been divorced.
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA: March 13 to 14
A 28-year-old man was suspected of killing 4 individuals in in a single day shootings. Authorities mentioned the person approached a police officer and mentioned he had shot two individuals in Birmingham and two individuals in St. Clair County.
DALLAS, TEXAS: March 12
An 18-year-old man and 20-year-old girl have been charged within the deadly shootings of 4 individuals at an condo. They advised police they’d damaged into the house to take cash. The person admitted to taking pictures all the victims. The lady had dated one of many victims, they usually have been concerned in a custody dispute over their son. An toddler was discovered unhurt on the scene.
MIAMI LAKES, FLORIDA: March 10
Police discovered three females and two males lifeless from obvious gunshot wounds inside a house, officers mentioned. The injuries of 1 man seemed to be self-inflicted, main investigators to imagine the case was a murder-suicide.
COCOA, FLORIDA: March 1
A 36-year-old man was arrested after fatally taking pictures his teenage daughter, her mom and two different individuals, authorities mentioned. Deputies responded after one in every of two surviving kids had referred to as a relative for assist.
DAPHNE, ALABAMA: Feb. 22
A 21-year-old man was accused of killing his grandparents, his brother and a household good friend with a handgun and pickaxe. Their our bodies have been discovered within the yard of his grandparents’ dwelling and inside a bed room in the home, police mentioned.
ARKABUTLA, MISSISSIPPI: Feb. 17
A 52-year-old man shot and killed six individuals together with his ex-wife and stepfather at a number of areas in a tiny rural neighborhood, authorities mentioned. The person was armed with a shotgun and two handguns. A household good friend mentioned he had a historical past of psychological sickness. One sufferer was shot and killed whereas sitting in a pickup truck outdoors a comfort retailer.
LUTTRELL, TENNESSEE: Jan. 29
A 52-year-old man who complained of getting “a satan in his head” fatally shot 4 kids in his dwelling earlier than setting the residence ablaze and taking pictures himself, in line with a prosecutor. The youngsters have been ages 5 to fifteen.
HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA: Jan. 23
A 66-year-old man was charged with killing seven individuals in back-to-back shootings at two mushroom farms. He pleaded not responsible. Prosecutors mentioned he opened hearth on the mushroom farm the place he labored, killing 4 co-workers and wounding one other one. They mentioned he then drove to a mushroom farm he was fired from in 2015 and fatally shot three former co-workers.
MONTEREY PARK, CALIFORNIA: Jan. 21
A 72-year-old man opened hearth on a largely aged crowd at a Lunar New 12 months dance, killing 11 individuals and wounding 9. The person later died of an obvious self-inflicted gunshot wound. The bloodbath has been referred to as the deadliest taking pictures in Los Angeles County historical past.
GOSHEN, CALIFORNIA: Jan. 16
Authorities introduced greater than two dozen arrests throughout a gang crackdown following the deadly shootings of six individuals — together with a teenage mom and her child — that investigators imagine stemmed from a gang rivalry. Two males have pleaded not responsible to the homicide costs.
CLEVELAND, OHIO: Jan. 13
A 41-year-old man was accused of fatally taking pictures his father, sister and nephew in addition to one other man and critically wounding an 8-year-old woman. The person pleaded not responsible. Police alleged that he shot victims within the head in numerous rooms of a house, then flagged down a police cruiser and directed officers to the scene.
HIGH POINT, NORTH CAROLINA: Jan. 7
A forty five-year-old man fatally shot his spouse and three kids after which himself. Authorities mentioned all 5 lived collectively within the dwelling. Two others escaped the home. One of many survivors was a relative of the household and one other was an acquaintance. Each have been of their 20s.
ENOCH, UTAH: Jan. 4
A 42-year-old man fatally shot his 5 kids, his mother-in-law and his spouse after which killed himself two weeks after his spouse filed for divorce. Youngster protecting providers had opened an investigation of the person on youngster abuse and threats to his household simply weeks earlier than the killing.
Related Press reporter Mike Balsamo contributed to this report.