The 22 deadliest mass shootings of 2021 so far (1/1 – 5/15)

Does the media's narratives on mass shootings match reality?

These are the 22 worst mass shootings of 2021, as of May 15th. This list will be continuously updated at this location.

A mass shooting is most commonly defined as four or more victims. Of the 22 mass shootings, were know the race of the perpetrator in 21 of the shootings.

Key Findings:

  • Despite the media hype around “White Mass Shooters,” only a small minority of mass shooters are White.
  • Despite a popular media narrative, more White victims were killed by mass shooters of another race than Black, Latino, or Asian victims.
  • Black shooters commit a majority of all mass shootings, despite only making up about 14% of the US population.
  • Black mass shooters, on average, tend to cause fewer fatalities, even when they have a large number of gunshot victims.
  • Of the 21 deadliest shootings, where the shooter’s race is known, 57% of the shooters were Black, and Black shooters caused 49% of the fatalities.
  • Of the 21 deadliest shootings, where the shooter’s race is known, 14% of the shooters were White, and White shooters caused 20% of the fatalities.
  • Among mass shootings with high victims counts, but only two or fewer fatalities, the percentage of Black shooters is even far higher. (See bottom of page)

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Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa

Ten killed in Colorado:

On March 22nd, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a 21-year-old Arab man born in Syria, shot and killed ten people at a grocery store.

Alissa had a past history of racial and religious conflicts with people at his High School. In 2018 he was convicted of misdemeanor assault for a racially charged attacked on another student. All of his victims are White, six women and four males.

Robert Aaron Long

Eight killed, one injured in Georgia:

On March 16th, Robert Aaron Long shot nine people at three different Asian massage parlors in the Atlanta area. The fatalities include six Asian females, a White female, and a White male. A Latino victim was also shot but survived.

Long was obsessed with pornography and using prostitutes. He frequented at least two of the parlor to acquire prostitutes. He had previously lived at a treatment center for sex addiction, ut one of the parlors was located within walking distance of the center and he continued to go there.

The day before the shooting, his parents kicked him out of their house because he spent several hours per day watching pornography.

Victims who were fatally shot


Brandon Hole

Eight killed, three injured in Indiana:

On April 15th, Brandon Hole went on a spree shooting inside the Indianapolis, IN FedEx distribution center. Hole worked at the center and had just been fired. Hole’s own mother previously warned police of an impending violent incident. He was investigated by local police and the FBI. His guns were taken away, but the FBI never barred him from purchasing new guns. So he purchased more guns and passed the background checks.

His Facebook page was full of things about My Little Pony.

Victims who were fatally shot
Jarron Pridgeon

Six killed, one injured in Oklahoma:

On February 2nd, five children and one adult male were murdered inside a home in Muskogee, OK. Another adult woman was injured. Police have arrested Jarron Pridgeon. He has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, and possession of a firearm after conviction or during probation.

His victims include Jalaiya Pridgeon, 1, Jaidus Pridgeon, 3, Harmony Anderson, 5, Neveah Pridgeon, 6, Que’dynce Anderson, 9, and Javarion Lee, 24. The female victim is Brittany Anderson, the mother of the five children. Javarion Lee is the brother of Jarron Pridgeon.

In 2019, Pridgeon was convicted of a felony for hitting a woman with a large piece of concrete. The judge gave him a deferred sentence and he was free to go.

Victims who were fatally shot

Six killed, one injured in Indiana:

Raymond Childs

On January 24th, a seventeen-year-old killed his parents, older brother, younger sister, an adult woman, and an unborn baby that was due on February 1st. He also injured his younger brother. Police have arrested Raymond Childs, 17. They saw he slaughtered his family after getting into an argument with his father. Raymond was in a hip hop band called Nu Street with his two brothers when they were younger. More recently his older brother Elijah had been publishing gangster rap videos on Youtube. Raymond appears to have used a short-barrelled Kalashnikov, configured as a pistol, which his older brother had been using for his rap videos.

Victims who were fatally shot.
Philip Adams

Six killed in South Carolina:

On April 7th, former NFL player Phillip Adams shot and killed six people inside a home in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Two of the victims were small children. The victims include an elderly couple, their two grandchildren, and two other men working inside the house. No motive has ever been discussed publicly.

The family of the shooter blamed his murders on head injuries from playing football. Some experts have dismissed this theory.

Six killed in Colorado:

On May 9th, Teodoro Macias, 28, carried out a spree shooting at a birthday party in Colorado Springs, CO. The perpetrator was the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims. He committed suicide after the shooting. The shooting occured at the Cantebury Mobile Home Park.

Jason Nightengale

Five killed, two injured in Illinois:

On January 9th, Jason Nightengale, 32, shot seven people on the south side of the Chicago metro area. Five of his victims died. The rampage was only ended when Nightengale himself was shot and killed by police.

Police say Nightengale killed Yiran Fan, 30, a University of Chicago Grad student, in a parking garage in East Hyde Park. Then he moved to the Barclay condo building and killed Aisha Johnson, 46, and wounded an unnamed 77-year-old woman.

He then drove to a convenience store in Brainerd and killed Anthony Faulkner Jr., 20, and wounded an unnamed 81-year-old woman. After leaving the store, he killed Damia Smith, 15, by shooting her in the head through the window of a car.

Four hours later he arrived at an IHOP in Evanston and killed Marta Torres, 61. He was shot and killed by police in the parking lot of the IHOP.

Victims who were fatally shot.
Malik Halfacre

Four killed, one wounded in Indiana:

On March 13th. Malik Halfacre, allegedly carried out a spree shooting that killed four and wounded a fifth person. One of the victims is a young child. A six-month-old baby was initially reported missing but recovered.

The police say Halfacre got into an argument over a stimulus check.

The victims who were fatally shot.

Four killed, one injured in Maryland:

On March 28th, Joshua Green, went on a shooting spree in Essex, Maryland. He shot and killed his parents. Then he shot three people at a convenience store. Two of those victims died.

Afterward, he set his apartment on fire and shot himself in the parking lot of his apartment complex. Police have not stated the race of the suspect in any public communication. The media has not published any pictures of the shooter or his murdered parents. The sister of the shooter posted a statement on Facebook, which was picked up by local media. However, the media censored her name and did not show a picture. Police say they do not have a motive.

Four killed, one wounded in California:

On March 31st, there was a spree shooting inside an office building in Orange, CA. Police say Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, a 44-year-old Latino, locked the doors of his workplace and targetted co-workers. Four people were killed, one of whom is a nine-year-old boy. A female victim was shot and listed as critical.

The victims who were fatally shot.
Farhan & Tanvir

Four killed in Texas:

On April 3rd, four family members were murdered in Allen, Texas. Two brothers, Farhan and Tanvir Towhid, killed their parents, their grandmother and their sister. The two brothers committed suicide afterward. The family is central Asian.

Four killed in North Carolina:

On April 28th, Isaac Alton Barnes, 32, killed four people in Boone, North Carolina. The victims include a couple and two police officers. Barnes’ family says he attacked his father with a knife days earlier. They say they reported the attack to police, but nothing was done.

Three killed, four injured in North Carolina:

On April 3rd, 2021, seven people were shot during a mass shooting at a house party in Wilmington, NC. Three of the victim died. The suspect is Zymiryon Atkins, an 18 year old Black male.

Three killed, three injured in Wisconsin:

On April 17th, Rakayo A. Vinson was kicked out of the Somer Tavern in Somer, WI. He returned with a gun and opened fire. In total, three were killed and three people were injured.

Kevin T. Donaldson, 22, Cedric D. Gaston, 24, and Atkeem D. Stevenson, 26, were killed. The victims are all Black males.

Three killed, two injured in Ohio:

Chandra Moore

On February 28th, five people were shot, three fatally in the Evanston district of Cincinnati, Ohio. Brittany Wagoner, 28, Timothy Dugar, 33, and Andrew Wesley, 35, were all killed. A 17-year-old male and a 51-year-old male were both wounded.

The suspect, Chandra Moore, 55, fled to Detroit where police set up a perimeter around the Rivertown Inn & Suites. When Moore came out of the motel, police attempted to arrest him. He opened fire and shot and wounded when police returned fire. Morre will be extradited to Cincinnati to face murder charges.

Moore was married to Brittany Wagoner.

The victims who were fatally shot.

Three killed, one injured in Maryland:

On May 8th, Everton Brown, 58, shot four people in Gwynn Oak, Maryland. Brown died in a shootout with police afterward. He initially started a fire to lure his victims out of their home before shooting them. The victims had previously called the police to complain about Brown. The victims are two Latinos and and a Nepali, while the gunman is Black.

Micheal Tucker

Three killed two injured in Tennessee:

On March 26th, a spree shooter shot five people in Memphis, TN. Three of them were killed. No information is available on the victims yet other than gender. The deceased are two males and a female. The injured are a male and a female. Michael Tucker, a 49-year-old Black male, is the suspect. After a week on the run, Tucker barricaded himself in a motel room and committed suicide.

Three killed, two injured in Mississippi:

Dontrez Jordan
John Morton

On February 6th four people were shot at Club Outback in Bolivar County, MS. Three of the victims died. Initially, Dontrez Jordan was arrested. Jordan was already facing a felony charge before the shooting but was out on bond. He was charged with three counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

On February 11th, John Morton was arrested. He was also charged with three counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Both suspects have been denied bond.

As far as we can find, only one very small media website on the entire internet, DeltaNews, has ever reported this triple homicide. Two small articles in DeltaNews, and one tweet from an anchorwoman at a local NBC affiliate were all we could find.

The names of the victims, as far as we can tell, have never been reported.

Juan Carlos Bartolo and Juan R. Turcios

Three killed, one injured in Texas:

On March 10th, Juan Carlos Bartolo and Juan R. Turcios allegedly opened fire on a group of five people in Houston, Texas. Three people were killed, and one was injured. The fifth person did not get hit. The suspects and the victims are all Latino.

The victims who were fatally shot

Three killed, one injured in Arizona:

On March 16th, Gilbert Gonzalez shot four family members in Phoenix, AZ. Three of them died. Then he committed suicide. The shooter and the victims are all Latino. No pictures have been published.

Cornelius Whitfield

Three killed, one injured in Florida:

On February 16th, Cornelius “Cornbread” Whitfield allegedly shot four family members in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Three of them died.

The victims who were fatally shot


High victim counts, but low fatalities:

Lionel Darling
Rayneesha Dotson

Two killed, thirteen wounded in Illinois:

Sunday morning, 15 people were shot at a so-called “pop-up” party in Chicago. Police say an auto repair business called South Side Think Tank hosted the party and had set up an illegal bar/lounge.

At 4:41 AM, one or more Black males opened fire. Rayneesha Dotson, a 30-year Black female, and Lionel D. Darling, a 39-year-old Black male, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Several other victims are listed as critical. The victims are between the ages of 20 and 44.

Police have not apprehended anyone yet.

Three of the people arrested.

Nine wounded in Virginia:

On March 26th, nine people were shot when multiple gunmen opened fire into a crowd in Virginia Beach, VA. All of the victims survived. Five Black males have been arrested in relation to the shooting.

Danteh Thomas

One killed, seven wounded in Illinois:

On March 26th, a Black male opened fire at another “pop-up party,” in Chicago, IL. Eight people were shot. Danteh Thomas, a 27-year-old Black male, was killed. Police have not released the name of the suspect.

Eight wounded in Rhode Island:

On May 13th, eight people were shot on a residential street in Providence, Rhode Island. Three were seriously injured. Another person was injured by broken glass. Police say there were two gunmen. One of the gunmen was inside a car with three other people. Another gunman was on a porch with another group. Police and media have not reported any details on the suspects or victims. The census track lists the area as 41% White, 33% Latino, 16% Black, and 10% other.

Jaziah Shakor Causey

On killed, seven wounded in Arizona:

On May 9th, a Black male suspect shot eight people inside a Hyatt Regency Hotel. One victim, Jaziah Shakor Causey, died.

Eight wounded in Florida:

On January 3rd, two gunmen opened fire on a group of people playing basketball at Little River Park in Miami, FL. Eight people were shot, ages 16-27. Six were originally listed in critical condition, but all survived. On January 7th, police announced that no one was providing any information about the shooters and offered a $15k reward.

Police say the perpetrators were two black males, who were probably after a single person but sprayed the whole court with bullets. Only one of the victims was identified in the media. He is a black male.

Daisy Navarette
Jonathanlacory Terrell Rogers

One killed, seven wounded in Texas:

On March 20th, a Black male opened fire at a hip-hop-themed nightclub in Dallas, Texas. Police are still searching for the suspect. Eight people were shit. A White female, Daisy Navarette, 21, was killed.

The suspect is named Jonathanlacory Terrell Rogers. He has been charged with one count of murder and seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Seven wounded in Alabama:

On May 10th, a Black male suspect shot seven people at a liquor store in Montgomery, Alabama.

Eight wounded by in Pennsylvania:

On February 16th, eight pedestrians were shot at a busy intersection in Philadelphia. Police are looking for multiple Black male suspects. It is unclear if any of the victims were actually the intended targets.

Eight wounded in Pennsylvania:

On February 16th, one or more shooters opened fire at an intersection in front of SEPTA’s Olney Transportation Center. The area was full of pedestrians and has a heavy police presence. Eight people were hit by gunfire. A 71-year-old man was hit multiple times and the other seven were hit once each. The youngest victim is a 17-year-old girl. Fortunately for the victims, the shooting occurred across the street from a hospital.

A black male suspect, who was openly holding a gun, was tackled by plainclothes police officers a half-block away. So far, he has been charged with having an illegal handgun. Police are looking for three other black males. There has been a large number of gang-related shootings in the vicinity recently. Police seem to think that this was gang-related. So far, they have not been able to determine if any of the victims were the intended target or just random bystanders. Police have also not made a final determination about how many actual shooters there were.

Seven wounded in Ohio:

On March 28th, seven people were shot at a private nightclub in Cleveland, Ohio. Police believe there were multiple shooters. No information on the suspects or victims has been provided, other than the victims were both male and female and ages 20 to 30.

Seven wounded in Pennsylvania:

On March 26th, one or more shooters opened fire on a ground of people outside the Golf & Social Tavern in Philadelphia. Seven people were shot. Four were originally listed in critical condition. People are looking for a Black male suspect.

Seven wounded in Florida:

On January 4th, seven people were shot in a Lauderhill, FL parking lot. The victims were having a party. The next day, police reported that there may have been more than one shooter, but said they had no description of the shooter or shooters. They are offering a $3k reward for information. Surveillance video shows black men and women running for cover. Lauderhill is about 76% black. The shooting received very little media attention.

Victim Ahmad Thornton

One killed, six wounded in Arizona:

On January 14th, seven people were shot, one fatally, at an event center in Phoenix, AZ. Ahmad Thornton, 24, was killed. Three of the gunshot victims were security guards. The venue was being rented and used as an after-hours nightclub. Two groups of people were celebrating birthdays at the time of the shooting. Police believe that a black male opened fire after getting angry over another man talking to his girlfriend. One of the security guards fired off a shot. Police say that a second shooter may have fired a gun. The spree shooting barely received any media attention at all. It is unclear if anyone was ever arrested.

Seven injured in Arkansas:

Matthew Steward

On January 1st, seven people were injured by gunfire at an event center in Fort Smith Smith, Arkansas. Police have arrested Matthew Steward, 26. He was charged with a first-degree terroristic act, first-degree battery, and five counts of second-degree battery. The venue is called The Wave, and hosts rap and hip hop artists.

Seven injured in Oregon:

On April 26th, there was a drive-by shooting on a vigil for a murder victim in Gresham, Oregon. The murder victim and his suspected killer are Latino. Police say a different perpetrator carried out the drive-by shooting. It is believed that the shooting is related to warfare between rival Latino street gangs.

Victim James McGill

One killed, five injured in Illinois:

On February 6th, six people were shot, one fatally, during the filming of a rap video in Bloomington, IL. Several rooms had been rented at the Indian Lakes Hotel. Police say over 200 people were having a party that spanned two floors.

James McGill, 27, was killed. The victim is a gangster rapper who goes by “FBG Meezle.” He is a relative of another rapper called FBG Duck, who was murdered in Chicago last August. FBG Duck has multiple gangster rap videos on Youtube that feature huge groups of black males waving guns in the air. One video, titled “Dead Bitches,” has 25 million views.

Police say other people were also injured from fighting. It does not appear that anyone has been arrested and police have not given a description of any perpetrator. The Indian Lakes Hotel was shut down, at least temporarily, due to repeated violations.

One killed, five injured in Texas:

On February 26th, police found six gunshot victims at a carwash in Houston, TX. Almost no details have been reported in the local media. Police say they do not have a suspect. No information on any of the victims has been published. The carwash is located on the border of census tracts 433400 and 433202. The area is 56.5% Latino, 15% Asian, 14.5% black, and 13% white.

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3 years ago

Yeah, the further out you go, the higher percentage that the Black shooters are. If you look at every shooting with 4 or more victims, you get something in the range of 85%+ Black suspects. This is very consistent from year to year.

Black have lower fatality counts because their mass shootings tend to be spur of the moment shooting. White, Arab, and Asian shooters are more likely to spend months thinking about it and planning it out.