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The tragedy in Thousand Oaks unfolded late Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a local bar during its college night. Twelve people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed. The shooter is also dead. Just three weeks earlier, eleven people were killed and six wounded during a bloodbath at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
The California city is known for consistently ranking among America's safest cities.
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“I never thought I would see the things around the country that would happen, but I’ve learned it doesn’t matter what community you’re in,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said during a press briefing after the shooting. “It doesn’t matter how safe your community is; it can happen anywhere.”
Per the Gun Violence Archive’s definition, a total of 328 people have died in the 307 mass shootings this year. Another 1,251 were injured.
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Using Congress’ definition of “mass killing” — three or more homicides in a single incident — there have been 39 incidents so far this year.