June 18, 2024
Allen Texas Mall Shooting

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2023 sees worst year for mass killings in US since 2006, says criminology expert

Washington:(Allen Texas Mall Shooting)- A gunman opened fire at an outlet mall in a suburban area of Dallas on Saturday, resulting in the deaths of at least eight individuals and leaving seven others wounded. The graphic and distressing images of severely injured shoppers were widely shared on social media. The shooting marks the 200th mass shooting in the United States so far in 2023. Three of the wounded victims are reportedly in critical condition. The attacker was ultimately shot and killed by a responding police officer. Allen Texas Mall Shooting

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Initial accounts from law enforcement officials and eyewitnesses stated that an unidentified gunman drove up to the Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas in a gray Honda Accord. He then began shooting at pedestrians who were walking on the sidewalks outside the shopping center. The Premium Outlets is a well-known retail destination featuring several high-end stores, including Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, and Ann Taylor.

President Biden was briefed on the shooting at a suburban Dallas outlet mall, where a gunman killed at least eight people and injured seven others. The White House has offered support to local officials. Texas Governor Greg Abbott called it an “unspeakable tragedy.” This was the third mass shooting in the U.S. on Saturday, with others in California and Ohio. Mass killings are becoming increasingly common in the U.S. this year, with an average of about one a week, according to the Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University mass killing database. As of now, there have been 22 mass killings in the U.S. in 2023.

Rise in Mass Shootings in 2023 in the US-Allen Texas Mall Shooting

The Gun Violence Archive database shows that the Texas shooting is the 200th mass shooting in the U.S. this year, with 12 of them occurring in May alone. While mass shootings are defined as incidents where four or more people are shot, mass killings refer to incidents where four or more people are killed. Since 2006, there has been an average of six mass killings in public settings each year. However, the Allen shooting is the sixth public mass killing to occur in 2023, making it one of the worst years for mass killings in recent history.

Allen Texas Mall Shooting
Allen Texas Mall Shooting

According to James Alan Fox, a professor of Criminology, Law & Public Policy at Northeastern, 2023 has been the worst year for mass killings in the U.S. since at least 2006, and possibly ever. He attributes this increase to the high number of guns in the hands of Americans, a surge in gun sales since the pandemic, and the emotional and economic hardships caused by the pandemic, which has fueled divisiveness in the country.

 


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