The US has just broken a grim milestone after setting the record for the most mass shootings recorded in a single year.
Two shootings over the weekend pushed mass shootings this year over the previous record of 36 - bringing the total of 2023 so far to 38.
Different groups count mass shootings and killings in different ways with some groups simply including incidents in which multiple people are shot regardless of the number of deaths.
According to the FBI, mass shootings are defined as incidents in which one or more individuals “actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. Implicit in this definition is the shooter’s use of a firearm.”
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Although the FBI does not outline the minimum number of casualties to qualify as a mass shooting, US statute defines a “mass killing” as when four or more people have died excluding the killer.
On Sunday, a 21-year-old shot five people in a house including a toddler in Texas.
And in Portland, Oregon, five members of a family were killed in what authorities are describing as a murder-suicide.
According to AP, this new total of 38 mass shootings is the largest recorded (at least since 2006 when they began records) breaking the previous record of 36 reached last year.