The most recent mass killing within the U.S. occurred Wednesday evening in Lewiston, Maine, when a person opened fireplace at a bowling alley and a restaurant, killing a minimum of 18 individuals, the state’s governor introduced Thursday. At the very least 13 individuals have been additionally wounded.
The alert for Lewiston was made shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday because the sheriff’s workplace reported that legislation enforcement businesses have been investigating “two energetic shooter occasions.”
The 40-year-old man recognized as an individual of curiosity is a firearms teacher educated by the navy and was not too long ago dedicated to a psychological well being facility, in keeping with a state police bulletin. Police have been nonetheless looking for him Thursday.
The capturing was the nation’s thirty sixth mass killing this yr, in keeping with a database maintained by The Related Press and USA Right this moment in partnership with Northeastern College. At the very least 190 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.
Up to now this yr, the nation has witnessed the second-highest quantity on document of mass killings and deaths so far in a single yr. Solely 2019 had extra mass killings. In line with the database, there have been greater than 560 mass killings since 2006, by which a minimum of 2,900 individuals died and a minimum of 2,000 have been injured.
Right here’s what occurred within the different U.S. mass killings this yr.
ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS: Sept. 17
A pair, their two youngsters — ages 7 and 9 — and three canine have been discovered fatally shot of their suburban Chicago house. Police have been requested to test 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 youngsters, have been discovered lifeless at a house in Lake Township, Ohio, by cops performing a welfare test. 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 youngsters — ages 9, 5 and a pair of — and his estranged spouse earlier than taking his personal life. Officers visited the household house following a report of a home disturbance. Authorities described the couple as married however separated and mentioned police had by no means been known as to a home disturbance on the house 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 capturing 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 an enormous search that ended with a shootout that killed the person in one other suburb about 15 miles (24 kilometers) away. The change of gunfire wounded a sheriff’s deputy and two cops.
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 a minimum of 4 individuals lifeless and a minimum of seven others injured, in keeping 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 fireplace 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 essential situation at a house whereas responding to experiences of a home fireplace and stabbings, officers mentioned. They didn’t instantly establish a motive. The person was later charged in reference to the opposite 4 deaths, in keeping with media experiences.
KELLOGG, IDAHO: June 18
A 31-year-old man is accused of fatally capturing 4 members of a neighboring household of their residence on Father’s Day. The person was upset that the neighbor’s 18-year-old son had reportedly uncovered himself to the person’s youngsters, 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 youngsters and his estranged spouse — in a house the place police responded to a capturing and arrived to seek out the residence ablaze, authorities mentioned. A seventh particular person suffered gunshot wounds and was discovered alive on the house 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 informed 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 offended when the topic of medication 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 informed police that the person mentioned “he had killed his household as a result of they have been cannibals, and so they 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 middle. 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 capturing a girl and her three youngsters after police have been known as to an residence complicated 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 youngsters and their two buddies 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 prices 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 speedy arrests, however two individuals have been being hunted for questioning as “individuals of curiosity.”
CLEVELAND, TEXAS: April 28
A 38-year-old man was arrested after a four-day search. Authorities allege that the person charged right into a neighbor’s house 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 making an attempt to sleep.
BOWDOIN, MAINE: April 18
A 32-year-old man confessed to fatally capturing 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 capturing at a Candy 16 party that killed 4 individuals and injured a minimum of 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 fireplace at his office, killing 5 individuals — together with an in depth pal of Kentucky’s governor — whereas livestreaming the assault on Instagram, authorities mentioned. Police arrived as pictures have been nonetheless being fired inside Previous Nationwide Financial institution and killed the shooter throughout an change of gunfire.
MONROE, LOUISIANA: March 31
A 37-year-old man was arrested on arson and homicide prices after a fireplace killed 4 individuals in a house, KNOE-TV reported.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: March 27
A 28-year-old killed three youngsters and three adults in a capturing at a small Christian elementary college 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 youngsters as they slept of their house whereas their mom frantically sought assist, authorities mentioned. He additionally killed an Military soldier who was on the house 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 lady have been charged within the deadly shootings of 4 individuals at an residence. They informed police they’d damaged into the house to take cash. The person admitted to capturing all the victims. The girl had dated one of many victims, and so they 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 capturing his teenage daughter, her mom and two different individuals, authorities mentioned. Deputies responded after one in all two surviving youngsters had known 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 pal with a handgun and pickaxe. Their our bodies have been discovered within the yard of his grandparents’ house 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 pal 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 youngsters in his house earlier than setting the residence ablaze and capturing himself, in keeping 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 fireplace 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 fireplace on a largely aged crowd at a Lunar New Yr dance, killing 11 individuals and wounding 9. The person later died of an obvious self-inflicted gunshot wound. The bloodbath has been known as the deadliest capturing 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 prices.
CLEVELAND, OHIO: Jan. 13
A 41-year-old man was accused of fatally capturing his father, sister and nephew in addition to one other man and critically wounding an 8-year-old lady. 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 youngsters after which himself. Authorities mentioned all 5 lived collectively within the house. 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 youngsters, 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 little one abuse and threats to his household simply weeks earlier than the killing.
Related Press reporter Mike Balsamo contributed to this report.