On Sunday, two mass shootings occurred within hours in the US states of Texas and Washington. This brings the number of mass shootings during the year to 38, according to figures from the Associated Press's database.

This is the highest number recorded since the database was founded in 2006. The previous record was from 2022 when 36 mass shootings occurred in the United States.

A mass shooting is defined as at least four people being killed, according to the AP database. In this case, the perpetrator is not counted.

Deadliest attack this year

At least 203 people have been killed in mass shootings this year. The deadliest attack of 2023 occurred in Lewiston, Maine on October 20 when 18 people were killed and 13 injured.

The alarm initially came from a bowling alley where a man allegedly went out into the street and started shooting around. He then made his way to another part of the city where he went in and shot at, among other things, a bar. Just over a week later, the perpetrator was found deceased.

During the long weekend around the U.S. National Day on the Fourth of July, there were 16 shootings around the United States in which 15 people were killed and over 100 injured.