The thirty-five deadliest shootings of 2017 so far

Note: There are different definitions being used for the term spree shooting. We are talking about any multiple victim shooting.

During the first four months of 2017:
White people were extremely under-represented among spree shooters.
Whites were far more likely to be victims than perpetrators.
Black people were extremely over-represented among spree shooters.

Of the thirty-five deadliest shootings, twenty-six were committed by blacks, four by Latinos, two by whites, one Hmong, one Pakistani, and one Arab.

Whites were far more likely to be victims than perpetrators. Both of the white spree shooters killed all white victims. Three of the black spree shooters, an Asian (Hmong) shooter, and an Arab shooter killed all white victims. The Puerto Rican shooter killed all or at least mostly white victims. Some have not been pictures. Two of the black spree shootings included both black and white victims. One of the black spree shooters had a white accomplice and killed one white and two Asians.

One of the black on white spree shootings was explicitly racially motivated. The Arab on white spree shooting has major racial and religious overtones. The shooter certainly holds some racial/religious animosity.

Two of the spree shootings were black men that killed a white girlfriend along with members of her family. We actually documented a total of three such killings, but only two made this list.

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.

(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 a Metairie apartment complex. Police arrested and charged a black male who is a local cocaine dealer.


(4, 0) March 23rd, Sacramento, CA. A Latino male killed two adults and two juveniles. The victims are Latino and members of the same family.



(4, 0) March 30th, Chicago, IL. A black male shot and killed four black males at Nadia’s Fish & Chicken. Two of the victims were brothers and killed right in front of their mother. Chicago police say it was a gang-related retaliation. The suspect’s father was murdered one day earlier.



(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 group of black males shot and killed four other black males. Three died right away and a fourth died a few days later. The shooting took place inside an apartment. Police say it was a home invasion. The victims shot back and killed two of the attackers. A third perpetrator (pictured) is in custody.


(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.



(4, 0) April 7th, Houston, TX. A black female shot four members of her own family. She eventually committed suicide.


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(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. Police have still not made any arrests.


(3, 1) April 18th, Fresno, CA. A black male went on a racially motivated spree shooting targeting white men. The same man is believed to have a black male security guard during an argument five days earlier. The perpetrator espoused Nation of Islam theology on Facebook and hated white people.


(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) April 7th, St. Paul, MN. Two black brothers killed two sisters and their father. The victims are white. One of the female victims had been dating one of the perps. One of the perps committed suicide and the other was captured.



(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. No arrests.

(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 was 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, 1) April 3rd, Philadelphia, PA. Four black men shot in a drive-by while standing in front of a housing project. Police believe the perpetrators are black males. No arrests yet.

(3, 1) April 7th, Hickory, NC. Three killed, one injured while sitting in their car outside a bar. The shooter is a black male. The shooter also had a white accomplice who was charged with murder. The victims are a white male, an Asian male, and a girl who appears to be mixed race.


(3, 0) March 31st, Canton, Ohio. Black male kills his white girlfriend, her white mother, and a white family friend. He committed suicide afterward.



(3, 0) February 5th, Jupiter, FL. A white male murdered three white victims. The perp was selling drugs and guns. There were one or two accomplices. Another white male has been charged as an accomplice.



(3, 0) April 24th, Savanah, GA. Three people were shot and killed inside a home. A black male has been arrested for the murders. The victims are two black males and a black female.


(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.

(3, 0) March 23rd, Los Angeles, CA. Two black males shot and killed three people in a liquor store parking lot. The victims are black males.


(2, 4) March 27th, Sanford, FL. A black male shot his ex-girlfriend, her two small boys, and her father. Then he went outside and opened fire on random pedestrians, hitting two more people. The ex-girlfriend and one of her boys died. The ex-girlfriend and her family members are black. It is unknown what race the other two victims were.

(2, 4) March 26th, Harris County, TX. A black male shot six people with a rifle. Two died. It took place in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

(2, 4) April 2nd, Chicago, IL. Multiple black males got out of a car and opened fire on a group of black male victims.

(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) April 21st, Palm Bay, FL. A black male shot four people in front of a home. Two of them died.

(2, 2) January 21st, Memphis, TN. A carload of black males shot four black males during a drive-by shooting. Two died.

(2, 2) January 12th, Salinas, CA. Four Latino males were 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.

(2, 2) March 26th, Cleveland, OH. Drive by shooting by black males. Four shot, two died.


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 reported by CNN and MSNBC.

If we just went by the highest number of people shot, the list would be even blacker. Blacks commit spree shootings in extreme disproportion to their share of the population. The only time that blacks drop off the list is when you look at spree shootings, with very high death tolls, over a long period of time.

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.

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