Mass Shootings by State

In May 2022, a mass shooting occurred at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where an individual fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers and wounded seventeen others. These types of events are recurrent in the country: the United States has more mass shootings than any other country in the world.

According to the Congressional Research Service, a mass shooting is defined as an event where four or more people are shot and killed with a firearm (excluding the perpetrator) in one incident in a public place, that is neither a gang-related killing, an act inspired by criminal profit, or an act terrorism. As for the perpetrators, they are generally killed or restrained by law enforcement officers or die by suicide afterward. 

These events have a lot of political and public effects. They often spark debates on how to curb mass shootings and most generally gun violence. Notably, methods of gun control, from additional background checks to gun buy-back programs, have been suggested as remedies to the mass shooting epidemic. Yet, other factors also need to be taken into consideration, specifically mental health issues. 

Learn for yourself which states had the most mass shootings by looking at the data in the charts.

Number of Mass Shootings by State

Alabama - Number of Mass Shootings

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#10 in the US

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#14 in the US

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55

#13 in the US

Alaska - Number of Mass Shootings

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#38 in the US

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#37 in the US

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5

#44 in the US

Arizona - Number of Mass Shootings

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6

#28 in the US

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14

#21 in the US

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17

#32 in the US

Arkansas - Number of Mass Shootings

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5

#29 in the US

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3

#31 in the US

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26

#22 in the US

California - Number of Mass Shootings

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46

#3 in the US

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61

#2 in the US

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206

#1 in the US

Colorado - Number of Mass Shootings

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13

#21 in the US

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33

#4 in the US

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27

#21 in the US

Connecticut - Number of Mass Shootings

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2

#34 in the US

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#43 in the US

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23

#23 in the US

Delaware - Number of Mass Shootings

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7

#25 in the US

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#29 in the US

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11

#38 in the US

District of Columbia - Number of Mass Shootings

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16

#16 in the US

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11

#24 in the US

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29

#20 in the US

Florida - Number of Mass Shootings

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31

#8 in the US

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29

#7 in the US

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113

#3 in the US

Georgia - Number of Mass Shootings

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22

#11 in the US

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29

#8 in the US

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64

#10 in the US

Idaho - Number of Mass Shootings

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#39 in the US

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3

#32 in the US

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6

#42 in the US

Illinois - Number of Mass Shootings

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86

#1 in the US

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61

#3 in the US

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104

#4 in the US

Indiana - Number of Mass Shootings

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14

#19 in the US

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26

#9 in the US

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37

#19 in the US

Iowa - Number of Mass Shootings

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5

#30 in the US

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#38 in the US

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15

#37 in the US

Kansas - Number of Mass Shootings

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2

#35 in the US

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#35 in the US

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17

#33 in the US

Kentucky - Number of Mass Shootings

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4

#32 in the US

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3

#33 in the US

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23

#24 in the US

Louisiana - Number of Mass Shootings

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32

#7 in the US

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22

#15 in the US

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54

#14 in the US

Maryland - Number of Mass Shootings

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20

#13 in the US

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18

#17 in the US

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56

#12 in the US

Massachusetts - Number of Mass Shootings

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4

#33 in the US

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#39 in the US

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16

#34 in the US

Michigan - Number of Mass Shootings

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26

#9 in the US

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32

#5 in the US

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82

#5 in the US

Minnesota - Number of Mass Shootings

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11

#23 in the US

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10

#25 in the US

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18

#29 in the US

Mississippi - Number of Mass Shootings

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13

#22 in the US

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20

#16 in the US

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22

#25 in the US

Missouri - Number of Mass Shootings

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17

#14 in the US

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16

#18 in the US

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46

#15 in the US

Nebraska - Number of Mass Shootings

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#40 in the US

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#40 in the US

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11

#39 in the US

Nevada - Number of Mass Shootings

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5

#31 in the US

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#30 in the US

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16

#35 in the US

New Hampshire - Number of Mass Shootings

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1

#41 in the US

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#44 in the US

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7

#41 in the US

New Jersey - Number of Mass Shootings

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14

#20 in the US

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7

#26 in the US

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21

#26 in the US

New Mexico - Number of Mass Shootings

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#42 in the US

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#41 in the US

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18

#30 in the US

New York - Number of Mass Shootings

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36

#4 in the US

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#20 in the US

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72

#8 in the US

North Carolina - Number of Mass Shootings

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22

#12 in the US

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31

#6 in the US

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67

#9 in the US

Ohio - Number of Mass Shootings

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33

#6 in the US

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24

#12 in the US

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80

#6 in the US

Oklahoma - Number of Mass Shootings

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2

#36 in the US

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6

#27 in the US

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18

#31 in the US

Oregon - Number of Mass Shootings

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7

#26 in the US

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5

#28 in the US

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21

#27 in the US

Pennsylvania - Number of Mass Shootings

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35

#5 in the US

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24

#13 in the US

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80

#7 in the US

Rhode Island - Number of Mass Shootings

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2

#37 in the US

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#45 in the US

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6

#43 in the US

South Carolina - Number of Mass Shootings

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17

#15 in the US

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25

#10 in the US

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43

#16 in the US

South Dakota - Number of Mass Shootings

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#43 in the US

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3

#34 in the US

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5

#46 in the US

Tennessee - Number of Mass Shootings

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15

#18 in the US

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25

#11 in the US

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64

#11 in the US

Texas - Number of Mass Shootings

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57

#2 in the US

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68

#1 in the US

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165

#2 in the US

Utah - Number of Mass Shootings

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#44 in the US

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#42 in the US

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16

#36 in the US

Virginia - Number of Mass Shootings

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16

#17 in the US

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#19 in the US

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40

#18 in the US

Washington - Number of Mass Shootings

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7

#27 in the US

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12

#23 in the US

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43

#17 in the US

West Virginia - Number of Mass Shootings

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#45 in the US

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#36 in the US

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4

#47 in the US

Wisconsin - Number of Mass Shootings

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#24 in the US

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#22 in the US

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20

#28 in the US