If the current trend continues, 2019 is on track to reach a sad milestone. For the first time since 2016, the United States is on track for more than one mass shooting per day. These numbers spiked in August with back-to-back high profile shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
While these two shootings have dominated headlines, other shootings received much less coverage nationally. We have put together a list of the 10 worst mass shootings of 2019.
10. Highlands Ranch, Colorado
The first entry on our list is known as the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting. On May 7, 2019, two students of the STEM School Highlands Ranch entered school grounds armed. They both carried guns in guitar cases before splitting up. One of the perpetrators entered the high school, while the other targeted the middle school. They killed one student and injured 8 before they were captured unharmed.
9. Allentown, Pennsylvania
In the early morning hours of June 20, 2019, 20-year-old Angelo Luis Rivera is alleged to have opened fire outside of the Déjà Vu night club in Allentown. Police recovered more than 17 shell casings. Ten patrons outside the club were struck. Thankfully, none of the injuries sustained in the shooting were fatal.
8. Chesapeake, Virginia
On the evening of May 25, 2019, police in Chesapeake, Virginia responded to a noise complaint at a party only to discover multiple gunshot victims. In total, 10 partygoers were injured. One person ultimately died of their wounds. According to police, the shooting stemmed from an argument between two groups of people at the block party. The disagreement turned violent and erupted in gunfire.
7. South Bend, Indiana
On June 23, 2019, a gunman opened fire in a South Bend bar at around 2 a.m. The shooter, who was not identified, injured 10 people and killed another. The public outcry was intense, with more than 100 angry citizens protesting violence at the hospital. To date, no arrests have been made.
6. Aurora, Illinois
A workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois resulted in 6 and 6 wounded on February 15, 2019. The shooting occurred at the Henry Pratt Company, where Gary Montez Martin opened fire in the early afternoon. Martin had previously worked at the Henry Pratt Company before being fired. In addition to the five employees he killed, Martin also wounded 6 responding officers before dying in the firefight.
5. Brooklyn, New York
An annual community event known as Oldtimers Day was the scene of a mass shooting on July 28, 2019\. The shooting, which killed one person and injured 12, was perpetrated by two gunmen who fled the scene after the shooting.
4. Gilroy, California
Four people, including the shooter, died in a mass killing at the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festivalon July 29, 2019. Additionally, 12 more people were injured in the attack. Among the dead were two children. The shooter was later identified as Santino Legan, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a police shootout. When someone shouted at Legan why he was doing this, he reportedly responded by saying, “Because I am very angry.”
3. Virginia Beach, Virginia
A workplace shooting in Virginia Beach accounted for the deadliest mass shooting in 2019 prior to the El Paso attack. Former employee DeWayne Craddock entered the Virginia Beach city hall in the late afternoon of May 31, 2019, armed with two .45-caliber pistols. He fired indiscriminately, killing 13 and injuring four before being killed in a shootout with police.
2. Dayton, Ohio
One day after the infamous El Paso Wal-Mart shooting, Connor Betts on a crowded street outside a popular bar in Dayton’s historic district. In less than 30 seconds, Betts killed nine people and injured 27 more before being killed by police. Included in the list of the dead was Betts’ sister. To date, police have been unable to determine a motive.
1. El Paso, Texas
The worst mass shooting of the year was also the deadliest. On August 3, 2019, Patrick Crusius entered a Wal-Mart in El Paso. He opened fire, killing 22 and injuring 24 with a semi-automatic rifle. In total, the shooting only lasted six minutes before the suspect left the scene and turned himself in. It is the third-worst mass shooting in Texas history.