Too many lives are lost to mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and other acts of violence each year. Attacks caused by religion, anger, or political motivations leave our nation grieving. It sometimes seems like no place is entirely safe from mass killings. Airports, movie theaters, and even churches have been targets.
While it's difficult to grapple with such material, in order to commemorate the lives lost, this list of mass shootings covers all the violent incidents that occurred in 2018. As mass murders are becoming increasingly the norm, documenting the 2018 mass shootings can people stay aware of a massive public safety issue in our country.
This is a list of the deadliest mass killings of the year. We offer the deepest condolences to all those affected.
Florida School Shooting Leaves 17 Dead
On February 14, 2018, a shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. When first reported, aerial footage showed several people outside the school being treated for injuries, as well as a small number of students being evacuated. Later, authorities reported 17 casualties and the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was charged with 17 counts of homicide.
Cruz reportedly snuck out of the school alongside other students fleeing after the shooting. He then walked to several local establishments, including a Wal-Mart, a McDonald's, and a Subway. He was quick to confess to police and openly admitted his part in the shooting.
The motivation is not entirely clear, but a Florida-based white supremacist group later came forward identifying Cruz as one of their members. Cruz had a violent history online, posting pictures of guns, weapons, and animals authorities believe he killed. He also posted racially charged comments about African Americans and Muslims.
A Shooting At A Pennsylvania Car Wash Left Four Dead
On January 28, 2018, a shooter opened fire at a Melcroft, Pennsylvania car wash. Four people were killed, including the shooter, in the attack. All of the victims were in their 20's. The shooter - 28 year old Timothy Smith - was found with a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and put on life support. He is not expected to survive.
The motivations for the shooting remain unclear. One of the victims, Chelsie Cline, briefly had a romantic relationship with Smith. The victims arrived at the self serve car wash in two differnet cars and Smith opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle, a handgun, and a .308-caliber rifle. Besides Cline, the other three victims were William Scott Porterfield, Courtney Sue Snyder, and Seth William Cline.
A School Shooting In Kentucky Left One Person Dead And Multiple People Injured
The city and I send thoughts and prayers to all affected by the shooting this morning at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. May God heal the wounded and comfort the many families of the victims. pic.twitter.com/3ZQf0alNXR— Andrew H. Scott (@CommissionerKY) January 23, 2018
On January 23, 2018, in the small town of Benton, Kentucky, a 15-year-old shooter opened fire at Marshall County High School. Two students were killed and 16 were injured in the attack. The Marshall County Police Department apprehended the shooter shortly after the incident and took them into custody. He will be charged with both murder and attempted murder. The school was put on lockdown and helicopters arrived to transport injured students.
The Associated Press was quick to report on the shooting, and the community was naturally shocked by the event. One man told the AP he saw at least 100 students fleeing the building shortly after the shooting. The high school's assistant girls' soccer coach was quoted as saying, "You just never think this will happen in a small town like ours."