Do you ever get the sense that you just can’t keep up with all the news. For example, just how many people have died so far this year in mass shootings? As of the time I’m writing this post, that number is 256, according to my arithmetic and the data available from Shooting Tracker. In addition, 744 more people were injured in the 203 incidents when those 256 people were killed. That’s right! One thousand people killed or wounded so far in 2015 in the events spread across the 207 days of the year—almost one incident a day and an average of greater than one death and three injuries per day.
Shooting Tracker defines a mass shooting as one in which “four or more people are shot in a spree or setting, likely without a cooling off period.” That does not mean four or more people are killed. Shooting Tracker is a crowd-sourced site that was developed by some Redditors. People submit documentation for incidents, essentially news reports of shootings.