Mass killings have claimed four or more American lives every week for the past six weeks, leaving 48 dead and eight wounded in their wake.
The USA TODAY/AP/Northeastern University mass killings database has tracked a dozen mass killings in 2021 that have left 68 people dead and 15 people injured. Three of those events happened in just one week.
Thursday night’s shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis was the second deadliest of the year. A gunman fired at random both inside and outside the facility, killing eight and wounding four others, according to Indianapolis Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt.
Here’s a look at the details of the eight mass killings in the past six weeks:
Indianapolis Police said a dispute over a COVID-19 relief check appears to have escalated into gunfire. The shooting left four people dead, including a child. The suspect allegedly wanted at least $700 from the relief check, but a woman who was wounded in the shooting refused to share that much.
A 21-year-old Georgia man was arrested in the killings of eight people – including six women of Asian descent – at three Atlanta-area spas. According to authorities, the suspected gunman had previously visited two of the spas. He claimed he was a sex addict and was trying to eliminate temptation.
Ten people, including a police officer, were killed in a shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. The suspect was taken into custody and treated for injuries.
ESSEX, MARYLAND: The alleged gunman fatally shot his parents. He then drove to the Essex Royal Farms convenience store where he shot three, two of them fatally. He later died by suicide, authorities said.
ORANGE, CALIFORNIA: After locking the courtyard gate, the alleged gunman entered the office of United Homes, a mobile homes real estate business, and opened fire, killing the owner, his daughter, an employee and a 9-year-old boy. The boy’s mother was wounded and remains in critical condition. The suspect’s ex-wife was a former employee of the company.
ALLEN, TEXAS: Two brothers formed a suicide pact that included killing four other family members. Police found the six bodies while conducting a welfare check.
Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife Barbara, two of their grandchildren, and two HVAC workmen were fatally shot at the Lesslie home. The suspected gunman later died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound after refusing to surrender to police.
At least eight people were killed at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis International Airport when a gunman opened fire at random both inside and outside the facility. Four others were wounded by gunfire. The suspected gunman died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.