The Slatest

Guns Were Used in At Least 15 United States Murder-Suicides Last Week Besides Louisiana

Police near the site of Thursday’s mass shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Lee Celano/TPX Images of the Day/Reuters

David Waldman of the Daily Kos site notes that Thursday’s murder-suicide shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana wasn’t the only incident of its kind in recent days.

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In fact, in the seven days between last Friday, July 17, and Thursday, July 23, there were at least 15 other reports of murder-suicides committed with guns in the United States:

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The Washington incident that Waldman referenced is not included above—but only because the 33-year-old man who is believed to have shot and killed a 20-year-old woman on Thursday survived his suicide attempt. In total, then, there were at least 38 Americans who died in the last week in gun-involved murder-suicides or attempted murder-suicides.

*Update, 4:40 p.m.: Daily Kos’s Waldman pointed out on Twitter that our initial post missed the killing in Mauldin, South Carolina. It’s been added to the list and the statistics elsewhere in the post have been updated.

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