2018 Mass Killings in the United States

Mass killings in the United States.
Four or more dead (including suicides)
By a single killer
By any criminal means


  1. 5 January 2018, Santa Clarita CA, 4 killed (shot) (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-santa-clarita-shooting-20180105-story.html)
  2. 8 January 2018 Galveston TX, 4 killed (shot) (http://abc13.com/murder-suicide-at-san-luis-resort-leaves-family-of-4-dead/2912398/)
  3. 18 January 2018 Calhoun County AL, 4 killed (shot) (http://www.wbrc.com/story/37299290/calhoun-co-man-kills-children-daughters-fiance-before-killing-himself)

Incidents 3
Killed 12

  1. 28 January 2018 Melcroft PA, 5 killed (shot) (https://www.vosizneias.com/290190/2018/01/28/melcroft-pa-state-police-5-killed-in-shooting-at-pennsylvania-car-wash/)

Incidents 4
Killed 16

Despite previous reports, #4 has four dead, not five. One is still in hospital. Also adding a new #5, assuming that there was only one killer.

  1. 28 January 2018 Melcroft PA, 4 killed (shot) (https://www.vosizneias.com/290190/2018/01/28/melcroft-pa-state-police-5-killed-in-shooting-at-pennsylvania-car-wash/) killer is in critical condition may not live

  2. 29 January 2018 Reading PA, 4 killed (shot) (http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-pol-four-people-killed-in-reading-shooting-20180129-story.html) ONE KILLER?
    Incidents 5

Killed 20

  1. 10 February 2018 Johnson County KY, 5 killed (shot) (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-shooting-kentucky/five-killed-including-gunman-in-shooting-spree-in-kentucky-police-idUSKBN1FV07J)

Incidents 6
Killed 25

  1. 14 February 2018 Parkland FL, 17 killed (shot) (https://www.vosizneias.com/291498/2018/02/14/parkland-fl-abc-at-least-15-dead-in-florida-school-shooting/)
    Incidents 7
    Killed 42

Vox article today:

(bolding mine)

1607 mass shootings in 5 years. Almost 1846 dead. :eek:

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens


This list does not address mass shootings.

No, it does address mass killings tho, and many of those shot are also killed. It’s just a source for information, eh.

That means an average of 1.15 dead per “mass” shooting, and an average of 4.02 wounded. Certainly not a good thing, but it looks like we have defined “mass” waaayyyy downward.

That’s an average of 5.2 killed or wounded per incident. What do you think the minimum of wounded and dead should be to qualify as “mass”? The FBI defines mass killings as 4 or more so I think 5.2 shot meets the definition of mass shooting (I’m assuming the 4.02 wounded were shot - maybe not true).

  1. 16 February 2016 Keego Harbor MI, 4 killed (shot) (https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/02/19/keego-harbor-jehovahs-witness-mom-triple-murder-suicide/351559002/)

Events: 8
Killed: 46

  1. 26 February 2018 Van Buren TWP MI, 4 killed (shot?) (http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/gas-station-triple-murder-suspect-spotted-in-van-buren-twp-after-carjacking)

Events: 9
Killed: 50

In this case, five people died, but the Commissioner has ruled that the suicide does not count as it happened after a cooling-off period.

This incident is posted presuming that the killer died by his own hand.

  1. 9 March 2018 Yountville CA, 4 killed) (shot) (http://abc7news.com/officials-3-hostages-gunman-dead-after-day-long-standoff-at-veterans-home/3196562/)
    Events: 10
    Killed: 54

Summary of mass killing casualties through 03/10/18, according to OP sources:

Maniacal Mass Killing Deaths:

Parkland 17

Other Mass Killing Deaths

Suicide: 8
Direct Family or Partners of Suicides: 21
Friends\Associates of Suicides: 3
Bystanders to Suicides: 1
Unsolved: 4

  1. 11 March 2018 Mount Pleasant NC, (4 killed) (beaten) (http://counton2.com/2018/03/10/suspect-in-quadruple-homicide-to-have-beaten-family-to-death/)

Events: 11
Killed: 58

Actually, 5 died, because one of the women was 7 months pregnant. :frowning:

Where I live, if a fetus of any age dies in the commission of a crime, even if the mother makes a full recovery, the perpetrator can be charged with and convicted of “nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy”.

  1. 13 March 2018 Spanaway WA, 4* killed (Shot) (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/officials-u-s-airman-shoots-toddlers-their-mother-before-killing-himself/)

Events: 12
Killed: 62

  1. 14 March 2018 Brooklyn NY, 4* killed (shot) (https://nypost.com/2018/03/14/toddler-among-four-shot-dead-in-brooklyn/)

Events: 13
Killed: 66

  1. 26 March 2018 near Westport CA, 8* killed (vehicular homicide) (http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article207648264.html)
    Events: 14
    Killed: 75

Isn’t that premature? The article says the police are looking into the possibility of suicide, but earlier have said they had no evidence the crash was intentional.