The Detroit party shooting was the worst in the state since at least 2013.
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The Detroit party shooting was the worst in the state since at least 2013.

The Detroit party shooting was the worst in the state since at least 2013.

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The shooting that took place Sunday morning at a street party on Detroit’s east side left two people dead and 19 injured was the deadliest mass shooting in Michigan in recent years.

The second-largest shooting in state history occurred just last year at a street party in Saginaw; 13 people were shot, two fatally, according to Gun Violence Archive data dating back to 2013.

“We have more guns on the street; more people carrying guns,” said Mark Bryant, executive director of the Gun Violence Archive. “And if there’s a party or a concert or a bar or a parking lot outside a bar… when one gun comes out, 10 guns come out; so it’s not just one person getting shot, it’s a bunch of people getting shot.”

There is no uniform consensus on the definition of a mass shooting. The Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a nonprofit organization established to track gun violence in the United States, defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are injured or killed in a shooting, not including the suspect.

There have been 166 mass shootings in Michigan since 2013, including 11 incidents in the first half of this year. Nearly half of the mass shootings, 80, occurred in the state’s most populous city, Detroit.

In 2021, Michigan had the most mass shootings, with 25. That same year, an Oxford High School student killed four students and injured six and a teacher.

Chicago saw three mass shootings from July 1 to July 7; 27 people were killed and 100 injured, according to GVA. During the same period, there were 20 mass shootings across the United States; 340 people were killed and 756 injured.

Kristi Tanner is a data reporter. Contact her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter: @love for data.