Gun violence is up. It’s been up for more than a year.

Gun violence is up. It's been up for more than a year.

It may feel like America entered a new wave of gun violence in 2021, but a review of shootings with multiple victims shows that their frequency has been unusually high for more than a year. Data from the Gun Violence Archive shows that the number of multiple-victim shootings first spiked in April 2020 and has stayed high since. The most recent wave of shootings around the country, including the April 15 attack in Indianapolis where eight people were killed at a FedEx facility, is just the latest symptom of that trend. On the rise Gun violence spiked at the beginning of the pandemic and has remained higher. Multiple-victim shootings by month 05010020142015201620172018201920202021 Note: 2021 data as of April 26. Gun Violence Archive injury and death figures exclude the shooter, when the shooter was injured or killed. Source: NBC News analysis of Gun Violence Archive data Graphic: Nigel Chiwaya / NBC News The deadly pattern has continued this year. There have been 160 shootings between Jan. 1 and April 26 in which four or more people were injured or killed, compared to just over 90 during the same period in 2020. And this year’s total is nearly double the average for the same time period for every year since 2014. A deadly year so far Compare year over year figures for shootings where four or more people were injured or killed. Shootings with fatalities Injury-only shootings 0501001502015’17’19’21 Note: Data is from Jan. 1 to April 26 for each year in […]

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