On Jan. 21, a shooter opened fire on the eve of Lunar New Year at a dance studio in Monterey Park, a majority-Asian Los Angeles suburb, killing 11 people. Two days later, related shootings at two locations around Half Moon Bay, near San Francisco, killed seven people.
There have already been 39 mass shootings in 2023 in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive. There have been more shootings than any other January on the database’s records, which go back to 2014.
Mass shootings — where four or more people, not including the shooter, are injured or killed — have averaged more than one per day in 2023. Every week has had at least six mass shootings.
The attacks come after several major shootings shook the country in 2022, including the killing of 21 of students and staff at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas and a shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York that killed ten.
Mass shootings have been on the rise in recent years. In 2022, 647 such incidents occurred, down from a year before but higher than any other year since the Gun Violence Archive started tracking in 2014.
The toll is immense. Less than a month into 2023, mass shootings have already killed 70 people and injured 167 this year in America.