Twenty deadliest spree shootings of 2017 so far

Take a look at these recent headlines. There is a large effort to claim that spree shooters are mostly white males, or that white males are greatly over-represented among spree shooters. This is a complete inversion of reality. The truth is the exact opposite.

It is probably true that the average White or Asian spree shooters averages a higher number of fatalities than the average black spree shooter. However, blacks commit spree shooting in vast disproportion to whites, Asians, or Latinos. It is only when you take the deadliest spree killings over a period of decades that blacks drop off the list. However, even then, white people are still under-represented.

NPR recently published this list of the twelve deadliest spree killings occurring over a seventy year period. Only one perp is black. However, only six are white. Two are Asians, one Korean and one Vietnamese. One is an Afghan, one is a Palestinian, and one was a Pakistani husband and wife team. So even looking at the deadliest shootings over a seventy year period, white people are still under-represented compared to their percentage of the population.

Between 1/1/17 and 3/24/17:

  1. White people were extremely under-represented among spree shooters.
  2. Whites were more likely to be victims than perpetrators.
  3. Black people were extremely over-represented among spree shooters.

This list is literally ordered by most fatalities. In the case of a tie, the one with the most additional gunshot victims is considered to be worse. We used the Gun Violence Archive to do this research. If you feel a killing should have made this list, but is missing, please e-mail us.

There is a four-way tie for 17th place, giving us an even twenty spree killings. There are no more incidents with two fatalities and two wounded. We decided to publish at an even twenty. We will publish an update in approximately a month from now.

(5, 6) January 6th, Fort Lauderdale, FL. A Latino (Puerto Rican), who claimed online to have converted to Islam, shot 11 people at the fort Lauderdale airport. Five died. All of the victims shown in the news were white. Many of them elderly.

(4, 1) March 15th, Metairie, LA. Two black males and an elderly black female were shot in the head execution style. One white male was stabbed in the head. An unidentified female shot in the face, but survived. The killings took place in two different apartments in an Metairie apartment complex. Police arrested and charged two black males.

(4, 0) February 21st, Toomsuba, MA. A black male shot and killed four members of a black family. One of the victims was only five.

(4, 0) February 9th, Jackson, MS. A black male shot and killed four other black males. The shooting took place inside an apartment.

(4, 0) February 6th, Yazoo City, MS. A black male shot and killed four other black males. The shooting took place outside of a nightclub.

(4, 0) March 22nd, Wausau, WI. A Hmong gunman killed four white victims. One of the victims is a police officer.


(3, 2) January 21st, Kansas City, MO. Three black males invaded an apartment and shot five people. Three of them died. One of the victims is a white female. Her mixed race two-year old son was shot five times and survived. The other victims have not been pictured in the media.

(3, 1) January 15th, Capulin, CO. A Latino shot four Latinos at a birthday party, killing three.

(3, 1) March 10th, New Orleans, LA. Four members of a black family were shot inside their home. A mother and two of her children died. A third child was injured, but survived. The perp is a black male. No one has been arrested yet.

(3, 1) January 22nd, Atlanta, GA. One or more black males shot four blacks males, killing three. They were sitting in their car at a Checker’s drive-thru.

(3, 1) January 4th, Fontana, CA. A Pakistani shot four members of his own family, killing three. It was allegedly over a financial dispute.

(3, 1) March 18th, Detroit, MI. A black male kicked open the door to a home and shot four members of the same family. They were sleeping when the attack started. There were a total of six family members in the house, and one returned fire and wounded the perp. Two males and a female were killed. Another female was injured. The victims are black.

(3, 0) February 5th, Jupiter, FL. A white male murdered three white victims. The perp was selling drugs and guns.

(3, 0) March 12th, North Topeka, KS. One or more white males killed three victims inside a home.  A total of five white males have been arrested in connection with the killings.


(2, 3) February 25th, Warren, OH. An Arab man shot five people, killing two. A third female victim is seriously debilitated. The victims are white.

(2, 3) January 26th, Albany, GA. A black male shot five people, killing two. One of the survivors may be paralyzed for life. The victims are black. One is related to the gunman.


(2, 2) January 21st, Memphis, TN. One or more black males shot four black males during a drive-by shooting. Two died.

(2, 2) January 12th, Salinas, CA. Four Latino males where shot. Two of them died. One or more Latino men from a rival gang are believed to be responsible.

(2, 2) January 6th, Pasadena, CA. Black males opened fire at a memorial vigil for a member of a rival gang. They killed two black males, and wounded a black male and a black female. The Pasadena police chief said witnesses immediately refused to cooperate.

(2, 2) March 10th, Chicago, IL. A black male opened the door to a gas station and sprayed the inside with bullets. He shot four black males, killing two.


Note: The following Chicago shooting has been reported as three victim fatalities in many media articles. However, as best we can tell one of those fatalities was the co-perp and one of the victims shot him in self-defense. This shooting is not included in the twenty deadliest.

(2, 1) February 15th, Chicago, IL. Two black males shot three people in a Chicago apartment. Two Latinos were killed. A third unidentified person was wounded. The victims managed to fire back killing one of the perps and injuring the other. Chicago police say the black males went to the apartment to steal their marijuana.

Obvious, the raw data paints a vastly different picture than what is widely depicted by left-wing foundations, left-leaning media outlets, Hollywood movies, and television.

If we just went by highest number of people shot, the list would be 70%-80% black. There are a huge number of black spree shootings with more than four victims, but no fatalities. For example, a black male opened fire at a Brownsville, TN homecoming party. Some media reports claim ten people (accounts vary) were shot, but no one died. On January 1st, in Miami, Fl, there were seven people shot in a black on black drive-by with no fatalities. Then on January 16th, there was a black on black shooting in Martin Luther King Jr Park in Miami, FL with eight shot. No one died, however the man arrested was also a suspect in a previous spree shooting but never prosecuted!

Blacks commit spree shootings in extreme disproportion to their share of the population. This holds true whether you look at highest number of victims or highest number of fatalities.

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