A List of Reported Shooting Incidents Under America’s Coronavirus Pandemic

4/8/2020
 

A List of Reported Shooting Incidents Under America’s Coronavirus Pandemic

We’re compiling news reports of shootings amid and attributed to COVID-19.

America is facing an epidemic within a pandemic. As COVID-19 strains our healthcare system, our nation continues to battle the uniquely American epidemic of gun violence that kills 100 people every single day.

The COVID-19 global pandemic risks exacerbating gun violence in all of its forms, including domestic violence, unintentional shootings, firearm suicide, and everyday gun violence. So far, the devastating results have left public health and government officials pleading for an end to the violence, as gun violence victims compete for space and vital resources inside our health system’s overcrowded intensive care units.

"Doctors like me are trying to keep the world safe from the coronavirus pandemic. But thousands of families in America are already caught in the country’s existing epidemic: gun violence."

Dr. Elinore Kaufman, a fellow in surgical critical care and trauma surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

When our nation overcomes the COVID-19 global pandemic, the epidemic of gun violence will not have paused. One woman will still be shot and killed by a former or current partner nearly every 16 hours; eight children and teens will still be unintentionally injured or killed due to an unlocked or unsupervised gun in the home; and Black men will still be 13 times more likely than white men to be shot and killed with a gun.

To illustrate how a pandemic and an epidemic intersect, we’re compiling headlines about gun deaths and injuries amid and attributed to the coronavirus outbreak. This list will be regularly updated.


Domestic Violence and Guns Amid COVID-19

  • March 23, Texas: Police have arrested a man in connection to the shooting death of his girlfriend in Northeast Austin. Officers received a call from a neighbor who reported that two children ran to their home to alert them that their mother had been shot.
  • March 24, Kentucky: A 48-year-old man was shot and killed by his father. Shots were fired inside and outside of the home.
  • March 25, Michigan: A 29-year-old woman was shot and killed by her boyfriend. Her boyfriend, the alleged shooter, is still missing.
  • March 27, Texas: A 52-year-old woman was shot and killed her partner outside of their home.
  • March 27, New Jersey: A 74-year-old man shot and killed his wife, followed by a stand-off with police.
  • March 28, Nevada: An intoxicated man shot and killed two people inside his home before fatally shooting himself.
  • March 28, Texas: A woman shot and killed her husband after he cut her with a knife, claiming that the coronavirus would be the death of him.
  • March 30, Arizona: A 31-year police commander was shot and killed during a dispute between roommates. Two other police officers were also injured.
  • March 31, Pennsylvania: A man shot his wife four times in the back after losing his job and frustration around COVID-19. She is currently in the intensive care unit.

Domestic Violence, Guns, and COVID-19

Ruth Glenn and Rachel Graber of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) discuss the intersections, and risks, of domestic violence, firearms, and COVID-19 — including what our listeners can do.

  • April 3, Texas: A 37-year-old man shot and killed his girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter during an argument before turning the gun on himself.
  • April 3, Florida: A 10-year-old boy was shot and killed and a 5-month-year-old girl was injured by a man with an AK-47. The suspected gunman is in custody.
  • April 4, Maryland: A mother of three was shot and killed by her estranged husband, followed by the shooting and killing of the mother’s 18-year-old neighbor.
  • April 4, New York: A man has been arrested after shooting at his ex-girlfriend's house with children inside. No one was injured.
  • April 4, Texas: A woman was nearly shot by her husband following a verbal argument. She was not injured.
  • April 4, Florida: A man shot his ex-girlfriend, her boyfriend, her adult daughter, and one cop. He was then shot and killed by police.
  • April 4, Texas: On Saturday, four people were wounded in a domestic shooting at a home. They all have non-life threatening injuries.
  • April 4, Texas: Two people were shot and killed and two others were injured after two suspects entered their apartment with gun. The shooters have not been found.
  • April 4, Washington: A 19-year-old teen, who lived in the same home, was shot and killed by another man with access to several guns in the home.
  • April 13, Indiana: Greenwood police say an officer shot a man on Monday after he shot and killed a woman inside the home and fired at police.
  • April 9, Indiana: A man has been charged with murder after shooting and nearly-killing his 24-year-old girlfriend.
  • April 15, Texas: An altercation led up to the shooting death of 42-year-old Guadalupe David De Luna.
  • April 15, San Diego: Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and seeing a woman come out of the home screaming that her children had been shot. Both girls were allegedly shot and killed by their mother's boyfriend.
  • April 19, West Virginia: According to Sheriff Mike Fridley, a call came in around 7:30 p.m. Sunday about a domestic situation. Investigators say a woman was being held against her will at gunpoint.
  • April 21, California: A daughter, mother, and her boyfriend were found dead early Tuesday morning in Vallejo in what police say looks like a double-homicide-suicide.
  • April 30, Florida: A man is dead after a shooting in Vernon. Deputies say at this time they are investigating the incident, which is domestic-related incident.
  • April 27, Wisconsin: Authorities have brought charges against a Milwaukee man with a history of domestic violence they say shot and killed five of his family members.
  • May 1, North Carolina: Officer-involved shooting leads to woman being shot following domestic dispute in Greensboro.
  • May 5, Florida: A man is accused of shooting and killing his father in a domestic dispute in Tavares on Tuesday, according to police.

Gun Violence Attributed to COVID-19

  • March 20, Maine: A prohibited purchaser in Camden, ME, claimed he needed guns to protect himself during the coronavirus outbreak is being held without bail on a firearms possession charge.
  • March 23, Georgia: A man pointed a gun at two women he thought could give him coronavirus.
  • March 28, Pennsylvania: A 56-year-old man drew his pistol and shot at another man’s vehicle for not covering his mouth while coughing at a Sheetz gas station.
  • March 31, Florida: A woman shot at a police officer after checking in on her amid COVID-19. The police officer was not injured.
  • April 1, New York: Armed with a BB gun — which officers originally thought was a real firearm — a man who tested positive for coronavirus attempted ‘suicide by cop.’ He was shot nine times. He is currently in stable condition.

Guns Can't Fight COVID-19

To help guide people on whether or not they should buy a gun — and to assist those that have already purchased one — tune in to listen to Christian Heyne, Vice President of Policy at Brady, and David Chipman, a retired ATF Special Agent and Senior Policy Adviser at Giffords.

  • April 5, Illinois: A man and woman were found dead in their residence in what authorities say is a murder-suicide, prompted by concerns of them having coronavirus.
  • April 13, Florida: A 62-year-old man wrote a Facebook post threatening a mass shooting because people weren't wearing masks in public.
  • April 21, Dayton: Dayton police say the man shot by police around 3 a.m. Tuesday may have been fixated on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on him. The series of 911 callers described a man standing in a backyard yelling and threatening to shoot someone and referencing the virus.
  • April 30, Indianapolis: A mail carrier was shot and killed over a stimulus check, union says.
  • May 4, Michigan: According to the The Genessee County Prosecutor's office, a Flint Family Dollar security guard who was killed on Friday was shot following a dispute with a customer who would not put on a face mask in the store.

Unintentional Shootings and Gun Suicide Amid COVID-19

  • March 18, Colorado: A four-year-old boy shot himself in the head with a gun he found in his apartment after he was left alone with his 3-year-old sister.
  • March 20, New Mexico: A man in Albuquerque bought a gun due to the coronavirus outbreak and shot and killed his 13-year-old cousin. He said he didn’t think the gun was loaded.
  • March 25, Texas: A bullet fragment struck a seven-year-old girl in the stomach during a robbery attempt in Houston. She is in stable condition.
  • March 28, Indiana: A man was found dead in his apartment due to an unintentional shooting, according to police.
  • March 28, Florida: A 15-year-old boy playing with a gun unintentionally shot and killed another teen.
  • April 4, Indiana: A 48-year-old man was shot and killed in an unintentional shooting while practicing target shooting.
  • April 6, Missouri: An off-duty police officer unintentionally shot his neighbor while in his home.
  • April 14, Louisiana: A 22-year-old man has been charged with homicide after police say he accidentally shot and killed an 18-year-old.
  • April 15, Mississippi: A 5-year-old girl was killed and several others injured in a shooting at a Jackson apartment complex, police said.
  • April 15, Arizona: A woman was hospitalized after caught in the middle of a shooting on Wednesday morning, according to Phoenix police.
  • April 23, Mississippi: A child was killed in an accidental shooting in Tate County, according to the District Attorney's Office.
  • April 23, Atlanta: Police are investigating an accidental shooting at a gun store Thursday afternoon.
  • April 28, San Francisco: Investigators determined that a small group of young people were playing with a gun and it discharged, killing an 18-year-old.
  • May 3, Pennsylvania: One man was injured in what turned out to be an accidental shooting in Lancaster County.
  • May 5, Arizona: A three-year-old child has died after an apparent accidental shooting at a home in midtown Tucson, according to authorities.

Learn More About Guns at Home and COVID-19

How do we talk to the people we know and love — including our kids, neighbors, spouses, and more — about guns in the home?


Everyday Gun Violence Amid COVID-19

Pennsylvania

  • March 27, Philadelphia: A 33-year-old man in north Philadelphia was shot and killed while sitting in his vehicle.
  • March 29, Philadelphia: A 22-year-old man was shot and killed in southwest Philadelphia; hours later, another man was shot and killed in north Philadelphia.
  • March 30, Philadelphia: A 41-year-old man was shot and killed early Monday morning in the Kensington.
  • March 30, Philadelphia: Hours later on Monday afternoon, a 22-year-old man was shot and killed in north Philadelphia.
  • March 31, Philadelphia: Five people, including a one-year-old, were shot during a celebration of life for a man who was shot and killed days prior.
  • April 4, Pittsburgh: A man was rushed to the hospital after being shot in the stomach and hip during an argument with another man.
  • April 7, Philadelphia: A 54-year-old man was shot and killed while in his pickup truck in West Oak Lane. He was found with multiple gunshot wounds.
  • April 7, Philadelphia: In a span of seven hours, one person was shot and killed and 5 others were injured.
  • April 8, Philadelphia: A 19-year-old teen was severely wounded after being shot in the head and left eye.
  • April 10, Philadelphia: One man is dead and a woman is injured after shooting at two police officers. Authorities recovered multiple weapons and rounds of ammunition from the home.
  • April 12, Philadelphia: In two separate incidents, two men were shot and killed and two men were injured.

Illinois

Maryland

Wisconsin

  • March 30, Madison: The parents of a teenager were shot and killed by their daughter's 18-year-old boyfriend. Prior to the shooting, the parents moved the couple out of their house into a rental home because they were not following social distancing rules amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Nevada

  • March 27, Las Vegas: A military veteran and Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed by a motorist after helping him in a rural part of town. New reports show the gunman spent the weeks prior warning residents that COVID-19 would spread through water and sewer systems.

“Our first responders, on top of dealing on the frontlines of COVID-19, are now dedicating all possible resources to needless carnage. We cannot allow this violence to continue unabated through our streets and in our homes.”

— Mayor W. Reed Gusciora

California

  • April 4, Concow: Investigators are searching for a man who shot another man outside of his house. The victim is currently in stable condition.
  • April 11, Bakersfield: Four women, a young girl, and a man were shot and injured during a party in their apartment. All six individuals face non-life threatening injuries.
  • April 12, San Diego: One man was shot and killed in the Rolando area of San Diego.
  • April 13, Richmond: A 26-year-old man was shot Monday morning, possibly on Interstate 580, police said.

Ohio

  • April 6, Columbus: A 17-year-old teen was shot and wounded before a man robbed a store. The teen is in stable condition.
  • April 6, Columbus: A 37-year-old man was shot in the hand and leg by another man after returning his phone. He is in critical condition
  • April 13, Columbus: Three teens were hospitalized after a shooting in northeast Columbus early Monday morning.

Kentucky

  • April 3, Louisville: Four people were shot and injured late Friday evening. They all have non-life threatening injuries

New Jersey

  • April 3 - 6, Trenton: Seven people were shot, three fatally, in a single weekend, leading the mayor to issue a curfew.

New York

  • April 5, New York: Four men were shot and injured in an apartment early Sunday morning.
  • April 12, New York: Two men were shot dead in East Harlem, and a third was critically wounded. The trio had gathered to honor shooting victim, Darnell Brown.

If They'd Just Listen

Listen to Tatiana Washington, Team ENOUGH Executive Council, and Aalayah Eastmond, Parkland survivor and Team ENOUGH Executive Council, speak about being young women of color in the movement to end gun violence, racism, and how the movement must address racial justice.


Impacts of Gun Violence Amid COVID-19

  • March 21, Missouri: Matthew Hicks-Morris was shot and killed at a gas station in Springfield, MO. Friends, family, and loved ones’ grieving process has been interrupted due to COVID-19, as all public gatherings and funerals have been postponed.
  • March 26, Pennsylvania: Gun violence has steadily risen since the beginning of March, and hospitals are experiencing a strain due to the influx of COVID-19 patients and gun violence victims.
  • April 1, Pennsylvania: Dr. Elinore Kaufman, a fellow in surgical critical care and trauma surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, continued calls for gun violence to stop as victims battle for limited space in their I.C.U.s.
  • April 13, West Virginia: Following a shooting incident, police officers have to quarantine, as one of the women arrested has a family member who tested positive for COVID-19.

“It’s all just slamming at once, and we don’t know what to do."

— Ms. Farmer, a friend of Matthew Hicks-Morris, who was killed in a shooting at a gas station in Springfield, Mo.

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