Denver mass shooting is the 500th nationwide this year


Data: Gun Violence Archive; Note: Includes incidents where at least four people were shot or killed, excluding the shooter; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

A downtown Denver shooting that wounded five people Saturday night marked the country’s 500th mass shooting in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Yes, and: The 501st came hours later when one person died and five others were wounded early Sunday in El Paso, Texas.

By the numbers: Just five years ago, the country had never experienced 500 mass shootings in one year, Axios’ April Rubin writes.

  • 2018: 335 mass shootings
  • 2019: 414 mass shootings
  • 2020: 610 mass shootings
  • 2021: 689 mass shootings
  • 2022: 645 mass shootings

Flashback: The 500 threshold was crossed in September in the past two years, according to the archive. In 2020, it occurred in October.

Between the lines: The FBI does not define or quantify what constitutes a mass shooting.

  • Gun Violence Archive, an independent research organization, defines it as a shooting in which four or more people were shot or killed, not including the shooter.

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