15,488 shot dead in U.S. in 2017, Data reports


WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) — 15,488 people were shot dead across the United States in 2017, according to the latest data published Monday by tracking website Gun Violence Archive.

The country witnessed a total of 61,089 shooting incidents, which took 15,488 lives while left 31,058 wounded in the past year, the data shows.

Among the dead and injured, 727 were children under 11 years old and more than 3,200 were teens aged from 12 to 17.

One of the America’s deadliest shooting incidents occurred in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. At least 58 people were killed and hundreds wounded after a gunman opened fire at a country music festival on Sunday night.

About 22,000 annual suicides related to firearms are not included in the data, said the website, which collects and validates gun violence and crime incidents from 2,500 sources daily.

The data reflect a subset of all information collected and will not add to 100 percent of gun-related incidents, according to the website.