At Least 21 Fatal School Shootings Since Sandy Hook
Our gun culture has only gotten worse since the Newton, CT shootings. A Mother Jones investigation shows 21 shootings in the two years since 20 lives were lost at Sandy Hook High School.
- A total of 32 victims were killed (not including shooters).
- 11 victims were injured.
- 5 shooters were killed (including four who committed suicide, and one shot dead by police).
- The school shootings occurred across 16 states.
- 14 attacks occurred at K-12 schools, and 7 occurred on college or university campuses.
During the same period, there have been dozens of other gun incidents on school grounds that caused injuries, as well as seven additional cases where someone committed suicide with a firearm, but no one else died. (See this report from the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, which contains a broad list of firearm incidents at schools.) A handful of the cases we analyzed involved shooters who appeared to have mental-health problems, a prominent factor in the mass shootings database we compiled for another investigation.
(The attack last May near the University of California-Santa Barbara is not included here because although college students were among the victims it did not take place on campus.) Several other cases appeared related to gang violence or domestic disputes. Though it’s not clear in all cases what type of firearms were used, in several the perpetrators wielded shotguns, semi-automatic handguns, and AR 15-style assault rifles.[su_csky_ad]