At least 37 innocent people have died in six mass shootings the US has seen since the beginning of March, statistics show. The
At least 37 innocent people have died in six mass shootings the US has seen since the beginning of March, statistics show.
The disturbing trend of deadly gunfire continued Thursday night when a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility outside Indianapolis, leaving at least eight dead, before turning the gun on himself.
Earlier this month, President Biden rolled out a series of new gun control measures while decrying the mass murders that have become all too frequent in the country.
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic,” Biden said. “Let me say it again: Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment.”
Here’s a look back on the most recent rampages to wrack America:
April 15: Indiana
A gunman stormed the FedEx Ground Plainfield Operations Center around 11 p.m., killing at least eight people and wounding five others. He then was found dead of an apparent suicide, police said.
Little is known so far, including the identities of the gunman and victims. A motive also is not clear.
Witnesses said the carnage began in the parking lot, continued in the plant and then returned to the parking lot.
April 7: South Carolina
Former NFL player Phillip Adams murdered six people, including a well-known doctor and his two grandchildren, before killing himself at a home in Rock Hill.
The 33-year-old shooter’s brain is now being examined for possible degenerative disease that has been shown to cause violent mood swings and other cognitive disorders in some athletes and members of the military.
Authorities said Adams killed Rock Hill physician Robert Lesslie; his wife, Barbara; two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie; and two air conditioning technicians, James Lewis and Robert Shook, who were working at the Lesslies’ home at the time.
April 8: Texas
Larry Bollin, 27, is accused of killing one and injuring six others at the Kent Moore Cabinets factory where he worked in Bryan.
Bollin’s lawyer said the deadly shooting, which left Timothy Smith dead, was prompted by workplace harassment.
He remains in custody.
March 31: California
Four people — including a 9-year-old boy clutched by his mother — were shot and killed at an office building in suburban Los Angeles.
Alleged gunman Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, who was taken into custody following a shootout with police, had “issues” with his co-workers at the real estate office in Orange, authorities said.
The victims were identified as Matthew Farias, 9, Luis Tovar, Genevieve Raygoza and Leticia Solis.
Matthew’s mother, Blanca Tamayo, was left in critical condition.
March 22: Colorado
The slaughter at the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder left 10 people dead, including veteran police officer Eric Talley, who was one of the first to respond to the scene.
Using an AR-15-style Ruger AR-556, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, allegedly began firing in the parking lot before continuing the carnage inside the grocery store.
He is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder, as well as an additional count for firing at another police officer, who was not injured.
The other victims were Denny Stong, 20, Neven Stanisic, 23, Rikki Olds, 25, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Teri Leiker, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65.
March 16: Georgia
Eight people — including six women of Asian descent — were killed in a series of shootings at spas and massage parlors in the Atlanta area.
Police alleged Robert Aaron Long, 21, was driven to kill because of a “sex addiction” that he was trying to quell.
The victims included Soon Chung Park, 74, Hyun Jung Grant, 51, Suncha Kim, 69, Yong Ae Yue, 63, Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, Xiaojie Tan, 49, Daoyou Feng, 44, and Paul Andre Michels, 54.
The massacre came amid a troubling surge of anti-Asian hate crimes across the country.