Hardly three weeks into 2018, there have already been 11 shootings on school grounds in the United States, nearly one every two days.
On Tuesday, a shooting in Kentucky that left two 15-year-old students dead drew national attention but there have been 10 other shootings on school grounds already this year, resulting in three more deaths. 2018 has already seen 13 mass shootings, too — an incident in which four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter — according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Here are the stories of the 11 school shootings that have already racked communities in 2018.
January 3, 2018: East Olive Elementary School, St. Johns, MI
A 31-year-old man committed suicide by gun in the parking lot of East Olive Elementary School January 3 after hours of negotiations with local police, according to The Lansing State Journal. The school was been closed since June, so no children or staff were at the school, and no one else was hurt in the shooting.
According to local media, a person called the police around 1:00 p.m. that day, a Wednesday, to say a suicidal man was in the elementary school parking lot with a handgun. An officer reportedly spoke with the man for several hours before he shot himself.
The man who died was a military veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury, and depression, according to police.
The majority of gun deaths — about 60 percent — are suicides. Additionally, veterans in the United States commit suicides at staggeringly high rates compared to non-veterans. The shooting has prompted more awareness about in the community, local media reports, about the need for support and resources for veterans.
January 4, 2018: New Start High School, Seattle WA
On January 4, someone fired a bullet that entered an office window at New Start High School in Seattle and lodged into a three-ring binder, prompting the school to go on lockdown. No one was injured.
The shot was fired around 1:30 p.m. that day, and the school remained on lockdown for about two more hours until the end of the school day. According to police, no one saw a shooter or vehicle, and no one knows where the bullet came from.
Investigating shot fired at New Start School, Burien. No one injured. Round entered office window and lodged in a 3 ring binder. Major Crimes detectives are handling. pic.twitter.com/CtmDUnlJTi
— KingcosoPIO (@kingcosoPIO) January 4, 2018
January 6, 2018: Forest City School District, Forest City, Iowa
A person shot out the window of a school bus on Friday, January 6 in Iowa. No one was hurt by the bullet or by the shattering glass, according to local media.
The police said they know who is responsible for the shooting and believe it was an isolated incident, but they did not name the shooter or did not announce any arrests. A criminal investigation into the incident is reportedly ongoing.
January 9, 2018: Coronado Elementary School, Sierra Vista, AZ
On Tuesday, January 9, a 14-year-old boy killed himself in an elementary school bathroom with a family member’s gun.
He has not been identified. He was in seventh grade.
The shooting was reported around 9:20 a.m. that day as an active shooter, law enforcement told reporters. Both local and federal law enforcement officers arrived at the school to secure what they thought was an active shooter situation, but instead found the 14-year-old boy dead in the bathroom.
A spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s office said there were no charges pending against the family member from whom the boy got the gun he used to end his life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2007 to 2014, there was a 60 percent increase in kids aged 10 to 17 committing suicide with a firearm.
January 10, 2018: California State University San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA
On January 10, shots were fired at California State University San Bernardino around 5:20 p..m. A bullet went through a window of the Visual Arts building, and students and staff sheltered in place while law enforcement investigated.
No one was injured, and no one has been arrested.
— Micah Escamilla (@MicahEscamilla) January 11, 2018
Classes were canceled that night following the shooting, and students and staff sheltered in place in the Visual Arts building until around 9:30 p.m. when the police finished their investigation.
The Sun reported that one student, a junior named Anthony Guzman, said students used their belts to prevent the hinges on the doors from moving while they were sheltered in place in a lecture hall with about 200 students and doors that didn’t lock.
January 10, 2018: Grayson College, Denison, TX
On the same day as the shooting in San Bernardino, CA, a student at the Grayson College Criminal Justice Center accidentally fired a gun, sending a bullet went through a classroom wall, which came out through the other side and went out a window.
According to local media, an advisor was showing two students how to use a computerized firearms simulator. Before showing the students how to use the simulator, the instructor took a live gun he was carrying and put it in a box. But the box didn’t have a lock, and the instructor later left the classroom, taking the training weapon but leaving his live gun in the unlocked box.
One of the students reportedly thought the live weapon in the box was the training weapon, picked it up, and fired. No one was in the hallway on the other side of the wall the bullet went through, and the bullet was not found.
The school is not releasing the name of the instructor who left his live gun in the box, but local media reports that — despite “extensive” firearm training — the instructor, who is licensed to carry on the Texas campus, will be “going back for more.”
January 15, 2018: Wiley College, Marshall, TX
Three students were in a dorm room January 15 when a bullet was fired into the room. The shooting happened just after midnight that Monday, and the police say that two people in a dark sedan pulled up to the parking lot of the dorm room and exchanged fire with someone in the lot.
According to police, the car then sped off, hitting a retaining wall in the parking lot. No injuries were reported, and police say they don’t believe the dorm was a target. No arrests have been made.
January 20, 2018: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
A Winston-Salem State University student was shot and killed while attending an event at Wake Forest University last weekend. Najee Ali Baker was 21. He passed away in the hospital, according to the police.
Law enforcement said Baker was shot after an altercation at an Greek Life event around 1:00 a.m. Police said it appears to be an isolated incident, they don’t believe the shooter remained on campus, and no one has been arrested.
Baker played football at Winston-Salem State University and he was studying physical education, according to local media.
January 22, 2018: The Net Charter School, Gentilly, LA
A 14-year-old student was taken to the hospital Monday after shots rang out at a charter school in Louisiana. It’s not clear from reports whether the injury was a gunshot wound or another wound that happened in the chaos of the shooting.
The police chief said there was a dark-colored pickup truck with possibly tinted windows was in the area of the school, and that someone in the truck fired the shots. The student who was injured was standing with a group of other students when the shooting happened. There was gun residue found on another student in the group, but no one else was hurt.
Police are reportedly still investigating and searching for the vehicle and the suspects.
January 22, 2018: Italy High School, Italy, TX
A 15-year-old girl was shot and wounded on Monday after a 16-year-old male student opened fire in the high school cafeteria with a semi-automatic handgun. Both the suspect and the victim were students at the high school, according to police.
Police responded to the shooting a little before 8:00 a.m., and the suspect was confronted by a school district worker in the cafeteria and then fled, but he was eventually apprehended by authorities and taken into custody, which the police confirmed on Twitter around 10:00 a.m.
The police declined to comment on the condition of the victim and did not say how many times she was shot. The school superintendent told local media that there were between 45 and 55 students in the cafeteria when the shooting occurred.
January 23, 2018: Marshall County High School, Marshall County, KY
Two students, one male and one female, both age 15, were killed in the deadliest school shooting of the year so far on Tuesday in Kentucky. The first victim, the teenage girl named Bailey Holt, passed away at the scene, and the second, Preston Cope, passed away at the hospital. More than 15 others were injured.
The suspect is another 15-year-old student, who will be charged with murder, according to the governor. According to police, he walked into the school at 8:57 a.m. with a loaded handgun. The first 911 call came two minutes later.
Law enforcement said that the victims who were injured ranged from ages 14 to 18, including one special needs student who was shot in the arm. His arm may now need to be amputated, CNN reported.
— Trent Lovett (@trentlovett) January 24, 2018
In a statement, Trent Lovett, the Marshall County Schools superintendent thanked the first responders and “courageous” faculty and staff in a statement released on Twitter.
“Hold your children close tonight as you gather together at vigils, churches, and homes” Lovett said in the release, “and please bear with us as we struggle to return to some sense of normalcy.”