Feb 15, 2018, 6:34 PM ET

Advocacy group highlights 18 cases of gunfire at US schools so far this year

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There have been 18 shootings at schools in the first 45 days of 2018, according to a nonprofit group.

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Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group, had recorded 17 school shootings on their website prior to Wednesday afternoon's shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Everytown defines a school shooting as "any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and, when necessary, confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement or school officials," according to its website.

Their statistic has come into question by some new organizations including The Washington Post, which say that the number has been “inflated” by including shootings and gunfire on school grounds that, for instance, did not include attacks on students.

Wednesday's shooting marks the first of the year in Florida. There were three shootings at different schools in Texas, two in different California schools and two in different Michigan schools, according to Everytown's data. There are 10 other states that had at least one shooting.

In eight of the 17 school shootings recorded by Everytown prior to Wednesday, a gun was fired but no one was injured.

PHOTO: First responders gather after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.WPLG
First responders gather after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

Two of the shootings were classified as being attempted or completed suicides with no intent to injure another person.

The Gun Violence Archive, which tracks reports of mass shootings -- defined as incidents where four or more people are shot, not including the shooter -- reports there have been 30 mass shooting incidents so far in 2018, including today's in Florida.

Schools have been some of the deadliest sites for shootings in the past.

PHOTO: People emerge from a building with their hands raised after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.WPLG
People emerge from a building with their hands raised after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

The third deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was at Virginia Tech University in 2007, when 32 people were killed, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which is tied for the fourth-highest casualty shooting, led to 26 deaths.

Broward County Public Schools superintendent Robert Runcie said that there were "numerous" fatalities in Wednesday’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

According to Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent and current ABC News consultant, most school shootings last for about five minutes or less.

It takes much longer to clear the scene, however, since responding law enforcement officers need to methodically go through, room by room, to both secure and de-arm the shooter and to help students and faculty at the school, Garrett explained.

PHOTO: Women embrace in a waiting area for parents of students after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.Joel Auerbach/AP
Women embrace in a waiting area for parents of students after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

Former New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly said that bullying could be a possible factor in today's shooting, though the motive has not been confirmed.

"We've seen it in so many cases," said Kelly, who is now an ABC News consultant.

"We don't know for sure but I'm pretty sure there's an element of that here," he said, noting that the bullying could be "real or perceived."

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  • America Firster

    Chris Murphy who ran off to Israel during the election in his initial run for Senate. He's real trustworthy

  • jakester

    18 shootings this year from a non profit group? That's a blatant lie. Don't you people do any research or do you just make up whatever serves your agenda. Totally lost ALL credibility when you open with a totally false narrative.

  • MrNico

    Stop spreading lies! More like three school shootings. Still too many, but nothing like 18. A suicide doesn't count, even if it's on school property. A bullet hitting a building does not count. A broken window does not count.

  • sjc_1

    Let's DO something to stop the shootings, not just TALK about it!

  • Harry McNicholas

    Some people have pointed out to me that El Paso, Texas has a fairly low homicide rate which is true. It is a fluke in Texas. All the other large cities have high homicide rates. This includes Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. I checked with some other cities where guns rule. Phoenix high homicide rate. I was even shocked with Omaha. Omaha? Omaha also has the distinction of having the second highest homicide rate for Black people. I did not even know there were Black people in Omaha. What you find in Texas is that towns and cities along the border have lower homicide rates than those further inland, that includes El Paso. So much for that wall.

  • Brian 9876

    It looks to me that ABC may have changed the headline to the story from yesterday. I believe the headline yesterday was "18 school shootings this year". Now the headline reads "Advocacy group highlights 18 cases of gunfire at US schools so far this year". This headline is still a bit of an exaggeration but is a lot closer to the truth.

  • jboh

    Now you know why nra puppets in DC keep saying it's too soon to discuss the issue. It happens too often to ever be long enough.

  • jboh

    GOP will never give up NRA bribes, oh excuse me, campaign contributions. That's why they protect gun makers at the public's expense. Hey GOP, start putting the safety of 300 million Americans ahead of protecting your millions of NRA dollars.

  • Harry McNicholas

    David. Maybe the reason for the lower homicide rate in El Paso compared to Dallas is that El Paso has a majority who are Hispanic. Dallas majority is white.You also did not consider that NYC rate has been dropping since they put in strict gun control. It used to be like that of Dallas

  • Robert Lawbla

    I see no mention of the inaccurate criteria used to arrive at this number. Per the Washington Post on 2/15/18
    "Just five of Everytown’s 18 school shootings listed for 2018 happened during school hours and resulted in any physical injury".
    I do agree that five incidents is too many but don't inflate the numbers to advance an agenda.

  • Sophia Jackson

    Typical inflated statistics done by those advocating ridding all guns. Very typical. And the one claiming 30?? That's just outright lying.

  • Jeff R Miller

    This story is fake news. The headline on the internet search i did said "There have already been 18 school shootings in the US this year ...", then the actually story changes it to "gun incidences". That's dishonest and agenda driven, which is why I stopped watching MSM.