2022 marks a year of record mass shootings


Maria Digiorgio

There were at least 635 mass shootings in the U.S. last year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. That means that 2022 was one of the worst years of gun violence in recent history. Below, see the most high-profile shootings around the United States last fall. 

Oct. 24 — Two people were killed and more were injured in a shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, Mo. The shooter was 19-year-old Orlando Harris, a former student who graduated in 2022. Harris struggled with feelings of unhappiness and loneliness and had past struggles with mental health, according to his psychiatrist.

Nov. 13 Three University of Virginia football players were killed by a former player on Nov. 13, directly following their return from a class field trip to Washington, D.C. Another player was in critical condition, and a student was also injured. The program and university continue to mourn the loss of these three young men, and canceled the rest of their football season as a show of support.

Nov. 22 Seven people died and four others were injured in Chesapeake, Va., after night-shift manager at Walmart, gunman Andre Marcus Bing, opened fire at the store. In response to the mass shooting, many local and state politicians have commented and sent their regards to the victims’ families and the community.  

Nov. 26 — Five people were killed and 25 were wounded at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo. Gunman Anderson Lee Aldrich was armed with a long rifle and body armor. Police reported that the shooting was minutes long and was de-escalated by customers of the bar. The suspect was detained shortly after the first call came in.