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Thoughts and prayers

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Thoughts and Prayers

As of Nov. 7, there have been 21 mass shootings in the United States in 2017 where four or more people have died.

Jan. 6 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Five dead, six injured.

Feb. 6 – Yazoo City, Mo. Four dead.

Feb. 9 – Jackson, Mo. Four dead.

Feb. 21 – Toomsuba, Miss. Four dead.

March 22 – Rothschild, Wis. Five dead.

March 30 – Chicago, Ill. Four dead.

April 7 – St. Paul, Minn. Four dead, one injured.

April 7 – Houston. Five dead.

April 30 – Topeka, Kan. Four dead, one injured.

May 27 – Bogue Chitto, Miss. Eight dead, one injured.

June 5 – Orlando, Fla. Six dead.

June 15 – La Madera, N. Mex. Five dead.

June 16 – San Francisco, Calif. Four dead, two injured.

July 5 – Madison, Maine. Four dead, one injured.

Aug. 21 – Whitakers, N.C. Four dead.

Aug. 24 – St. Louis, Mo. Four dead.

Sept. 10 – Plano. Nine dead, one injured.

Oct. 1 – Las Vegas, Nev. 59 dead, 441 injured.

Oct. 5 – Casa Grande, Ariz. Four dead.

Oct. 11 – Pedro, Ohio. Four dead.

Nov. 5 – Sutherland Springs. 27 dead, 20 injured.

There is currently no legal definition for what constitutes a mass shooting. In addition to the incidents listed above, there have also been 111 other shootings in 2017 were five or more people were shot. In those 111 shootings, 115 people died and 605 were injured.

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