What makes a shooting a mass shooting?
Vice - 08/29/2016
“I don’t think anyone should ignore mass casualty events, even if fewer than four die. It’s certainly a serious crime,” says James Alan Fox, an expert on mass shootings at Northeastern University who remains a bit dubious about referring to these events as “mass shootings” rather than something like “large-scale shootings” to avoid confusion with the old, narrower definition.
“We also keep statistics on shootings,” Fox adds. “We keep statistics on rapes. Obviously the more information we have on gun crime in the US, the more useful. We just don’t want to confuse people or scare people into thinking that mass killings are more frequent.”