Since 2006 there have been more than 200 mass killings in the USA
Majority of mass killings are from family killings
-Family killings- 53%
-Other / unknown -21%
-Public killings- 15%
-Robbery burglary – 11%
Last updated: Jan 20, 2016 A breakup is the trigger behind 1 in 4 mass killings that do not involve strangers, gangs or a robbery gone wrong. Yet the examples below illustrate how holiday stress, a job loss or financial ruin can lead to extreme violence. And often, that violence occurs in families that otherwise seemed normal.
-Facing a divorce and having lost his job, Bruce Pardo, 45, paid a seamstress $300 to make him an extra-large Santa Claus suit. On Dec. 18, Pardo’s divorce was final. On Christmas Eve, clad in the Santa outfit and carrying four guns and a device to spray fuel, he went to his ex-wife’s parents’ home, where her extended family had gathered.
He barged in on the festivities just before midnight and began shooting, killing his ex, her parents, three siblings and two sisters-in-law. Pardo then began spraying fuel through the house, igniting an explosion and subsequent blaze that killed a 17-year-old nephew. A getaway car, plane ticket and $17,000 in cash indicated that Pardo had planned to flee, but when he was badly burned by the fire, he drove 40 miles to his brother's house, where he fatally shot himself
ABOUT 57% OF VICTIMS KNEW THEIR KILLER, EVEN IF THEY WEREN'T THE MAIN TARGET
Many mass killers do not face prosecution. About a quarter commit suicide after the crime, and others are killed by police. Still more are deemed incompetent due to mental illness. When cases do go to trial, they can often take years because of the death penalty or other complications
77% of mass killings involve a gun, nearly one-third of victims were under age 18.
227 cases out of 298 mass killings involved guns.
111 cases out of 298 mass killings were family killings...