The states with the most mass shootings in America

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According to a 2021 study published in the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, a staggering 73 percent of 139 mass shootings recorded worldwide between 1998 and 2019 occurred in the U.S.

While mass shootings make up just a tiny fraction of the nation’s gun deaths, they are inherently horrifying, happening without warning in the most ordinary places: nightclubs, churches, high schools, and supermarkets.

As far as defining mass shootings, different groups categorize them differently, depending on factors such as the number of victims, whether they are killed or injured, and whether the crime occurs in a public place.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll consider any single attack in a public place with three or more fatalities a mass shooting, the definition used by the FBI.

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Number of mass shootings by state

As gun control laws in the U.S. differ from state to state, so does the number of mass shootings.

Based on a Statista data report, we’ve found the states with the most mass shootings between 1982 and 2022. This list includes only states and territories with two or more mass shootings.

Minnesota
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25. Minnesota

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 2

Tennessee
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24. Tennessee

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 2

Indiana
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23. Indiana

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 2

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22. Nevada

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 2

Kentucky
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21. Kentucky

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 2

Oklahoma
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20. Oklahoma

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 2

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19. South Carolina

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 2

Missouri
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18. Missouri

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 2

Oregon
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17. Oregon

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 2

Michigan
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16.Michigan

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 3

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15. Georgia

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 3

University of North Carolina at Charlotte shooting
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14. North Carolina

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 3

Sandy Hook Memorial in the woods behind Sandy Hook Elementary School, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, U.S.
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13. Connecticut

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 3

2022 University of Virginia shooting
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12. Virginia

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 4

2019 Dayton shooting
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11. Ohio

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 4

Aberdeen, Maryland shooting
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10. Maryland

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 4

On May 14, 2022, a mass shooting occurred in Buffalo, New York, United States, at a Tops Friendly Markets s
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9. New York

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 5

The scene in Collier Township at an LA Fitness center where the shooting took place on August 4, 2009
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8. Pennsylvania

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 5

Highland Park parade shooting
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7. Illinois

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022:  5

Azana Spa Brookfield, Wisconsin where a shooting occurred in 2012
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6. Wisconsin

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 5

Exterior of Café Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle. On May 30, a gunman shot four patrons and the chef here.
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5. Washington

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 7

Front night view of the King Soopers supermarket on Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, Colorado, where a mass shooting took place in 2021.
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4. Colorado

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 8

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3. Florida

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 12

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2.Texas

Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and November 2022: 12

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The worst mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and May 2022

Here are the 25 deadliest mass shootings in modern American history according to a Statista report, accounting for location, fatalities and injuries:

 

LOCATION
Las Vegas Strip massacre (Las Vegas, NV, 2017)
DEATHS
58
INJURIES
546
Orlando nightclub massacre (Orlando, Florida, 2016) 49 53
Virginia Tech massacre (Blacksburg, Virginia, 2007) 32 23
Sandy Hook Elementary massacre (Newtown, Connecticut, 2012) 27 2
Texas First Baptist Church massacre (Sutherland Springs, TX, 2017) 26 20
Luby’s massacre (Killeen, Texas, 1991) 24 20
San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre (San Ysidro, California, 1984) 22 19
Robb Elementary school massacre (Uvalde, Texas, 2022) 21 17
El Paso Walmart mass shooting (El Paso, Texas, 2019) 20 26
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (Parkland, Florida, 2018) 17 14
United States Postal Service shooting (Edmond, Oklahoma, 1986) 15 6
San Bernardino mass shooting (San Bernardino, California, 2015) 14 21
Binghamton shootings (Binghamton, New York, 2009) 14 4
Fort Hood massacre (Fort Hood, Texas, 2009) 13 30
Columbine High School massacre (Littleton, Colorado, 1999) 13 24
Aurora theater shooting (Aurora, Colorado, 2012) 12 70
Washington Navy Yard shooting (Washington, D.C., 2013) 12 8
Thousand Oaks nightclub shooting (Thousand Oaks, California, 2018) 12 22
Virginia Beach municipal building shooting (Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2019) 12 4
Tree of Life synagogue shooting (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2018) 11 6
GMAC massacre (Jacksonville, Florida, 1990) 10 4
Red Lake massacre (Red Lake, Minnesota, 2005) 10 5
Sante Fe High School shooting (Sante Fe, Texas, 2018) 10 13
Boulder supermarket shooting (Boulder, Colorado, 2021) 10 0
Buffalo supermarket massacre (Buffalo, New York, 2022) 10 3
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