A shooting death early Friday at Northern Arizona University and another later in the day at Texas Southern University brought the 2015 death toll for school-related shootings to 28, including eight suicides. Fifty-one others have been injured, including three wounded in the Arizona shooting and one at Texas Southern.
A week ago, after the Oct. 1 rampage at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, statistics began flying, including the claim that there had been 45 school shootings by then in 2015.
That was the tally by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, which is careful to verify each instance. Its count now is 49, including the shootings Friday, another shooting at Texas Southern just three days earlier in which a woman was wounded, and the firing of a gun Oct. 2 at University City High School in the St. Louis area in which no one was hurt.
Everytown’s definition is a broad one — a firearm discharged on school property — but the group’s count did not include three other shootings that turned up in an Internet search and involved a school bus and school traffic zones.
Now, the toll from the Everytown list plus the three shootings it doesn’t list is 28 killed, including eight suicides, and 51 others injured.
The youngest non-suicide fatality this year was a 16-year-old high school student. At colleges, 15 students, three professors and a university staff member have been killed. Two young men were killed on elementary school playgrounds or parking lots.
No elementary school students were among the gun deaths this year, though one girl at an elementary school was injured when a classmate brought a gun to school and it went off.
But until the Oct. 1 Oregon mass shooting, none of the deaths this year had resulted from someone opening fire in a classroom, cafeteria or dormitory.
Two of the shootings could have ended up worse had the shooter not quickly been tackled — one in which a principal was wounded, and another in which the only two shots the student fired hit the ceiling. In that incident and 12 other gun discharges, no one was struck by the bullets.
To be sure, there are different lists with different definitions and tallies. Recent fact checks conducted by media outlets including The Washington Post have found there is no standard way to count what constitutes a school shooting.
A report by The New York Times also found that some studies include stabbings, shootings that happen near but not on school grounds, and accidental discharge of weapons.
But the Everytown list, plus the three other instances that didn’t meet its definition, did involve firearms and school property and could be verified by local news accounts.
Our list includes 31 school shootings in 2015 in which someone was injured or killed on school property or on school buses, omitting the suicides except for the Oregon shooter, who reportedly killed himself after being wounded by police, and one that was part of a murder-suicide.
Houston, Texas; Oct. 9, 2015
1 killed; 1 injured
A student was killed at a campus apartment complex and another person was wounded. The campus was on lockdown for several hours.
Flagstaff, Ariz.; Oct. 9, 2015
1 dead, 3 injured
Shots fired in a dormitory parking lot in confrontation between groups of students kill one student, freshman Colin Brough, and wound three others.
Houston, Texas; Oct. 6, 2015
Man shot on campus in confrontation between non-students.
Roseburg, Ore.; Oct. 1, 2015
10 dead, 9 injured
Gunman shot students in classrooms and then killed himself after being wounded in gun battle with police.
Harrisburg, S.D.; Sept. 30, 2015
Student shoots principal in arm.
Statesville, N.C.; Sept. 22, 2015
Woman shoots husband outside school.
Cleveland, Miss.; Sept. 14, 2015
Professor Ethan Smith, a Kansas native, is killed in his office by another instructor at the college.
Lafayette, La.; Sept. 11, 2015
Girl, 17, shot in arm and leg in parking lot.
Sacramento, Calif.; Sept. 3, 2015
1 dead, 2 injured
Roman P. Gonzalez, 25, is killed and two other students injured when shots are fired in a confrontation between two groups of men.
Savannah, Ga.; Aug. 27, 2015
Student Christopher Stark is killed in the student union after an altercation.
Augusta, Ga.; Aug. 25, 2015
A student playing with a gun inside a desk accidentally fires it, hitting another student.
Wichita, Kan.; Aug. 8, 2015
Student Rayan Ibrahim Baba is fatally shot in campus parking lot.
Converse, Texas; July 24, 2015
1 dead, 1 injured
Shots are fired in a school parking lot. Albert Nelson, 19, is killed and another teenager is wounded.
Dallas, Texas; July 5, 2015
An 18-year-old former high school student graduate is wounded while playing basketball on school grounds on a Sunday.
Everglades City, Fla.; May 27, 2015
A man suffers a minor hand wound in a shooting behind the school.
Flint, Mich.; May 24, 2015
Seven people are injured when shots are fired into a large crowd that had gathered on school grounds on a Sunday.
Jacksonville, Fla.; May 12, 2015
Two teenage girls are injured when a 16-year-old boy fires into a school bus carrying 30 students from three middle and high schools.
Cleveland, Ohio; May 4, 2015
1 dead, 1 injured
Pajo R. Barnes Jr., 22, is killed and another man in his late 20s wounded in a drive-by shooting at the school’s playground.
Charlotte, N.C.; April 19, 2015
A male student is shot while sitting in a car on campus.
Paradis, La.; April 16, 2015
Police officer shot while directing traffic in a school zone.
Goldsboro, N.C.; April 13, 2015
School print shop operator Ron Lane is killed in the school library by a 20-year-old former student who also had worked for Lane.
Beaver Falls, Pa.; April 2, 2015
Student accidentally shoots himself.
Jackson, Tenn.; April 2, 2015
Student shoots a gun while near a group of people hitting a fellow student in the thigh.
University City, Mo.; March 30, 2015
Man, 34, wounded in a dispute in a school parking lot.
Daytona Beach, Fla.; Feb. 23, 2015
Three men grazed by bullets in parking lot near football team practice field.
Little Rock, Ark.; Feb. 15, 2015
Suspect shot two men in the school parking lot around 2 a.m. on a Sunday.
Merced, Calif.; Feb. 15, 2015
Benito Aguirre, 16, is killed in a school parking lot on a Sunday.
Columbia, S.C.; Feb. 5, 2015
Professor Raja Fayad is killed in a campus lab by ex-wife Sunghee Kwon, who then kills herself.
Frederick, Md.; Feb. 4, 2015
A 14-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy were shot outside the school gym during a basketball game.
Mobile, Ala.; Jan. 20, 2015
A passerby was shot as he passed a group of juveniles arguing at the school after a basketball game.
Ocala, Fla.; Jan. 16, 2015
One girl shot after basketball game, another hurt by flying glass.
Milwaukee, Wisc.; Jan. 15, 2015
A man wounded three people in a fight in the school parking lot after a dispute between two girls attending a basketball game escalated.