Mass shooters in the media

Nov. 13, 2017

There have been at least 307 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2017. Media coverage of them is similar in many ways, but varies when it comes to the shooters.

Shooters’ mental health often makes headlines — but white shooters seem to receive more nuanced looks into their lives before they committed violent acts.

Darren Abate/AP

James Hodgkinson

Hodgkinson shot Rep. Steve Scalise and three others at a congressional baseball practice in June before he died in a standoff with police.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Deparment/AP

Gavin Eugene Long

Long killed three Baton Rouge police officers and wounded three others after writing a suicide note in July 2016. He was killed in the standoff.

Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Arcan Cetin

Cetin was standing trial for the September 2016 Cascade Mall shootings that killed five people in Washington before he died by suicide in jail in April 2017.

Washington State Patrol/AP

Stephen Paddock

Paddock orchestrated the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, killing 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival in October before taking his own life.

John Raoux/AP

Devin Patrick Kelley

Kelley, 26, targeted a small-town Texas church and its community when he killed 26 people in a November 2017 shooting.

Texas Department of Public Safety/AP