In a grim reminder that violence in the U.S. never takes a holiday, 27 people were killed and 63 injured in shooting incidents on Christmas Day this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. This tally does not include people who shot themselves in suicide.
The 27 people is equal to the total number of people killed in gun homicides in an entire year in Austria, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Estonia, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Iceland combined.
The dead included the parents of a young child who were shot during a robbery in Columbus, Ohio; a Texas grandfather, whose 73-year-old wife says she shot him for “continuous marital issues and infidelities;” a young couple killed in their vehicle in the early morning hours near Augusta, Maine; and the owner of a barbershop in Alabama who was known as “a strong voice against crime,” according to local news reports.
At least two of the Christmas Day shootings qualified as mass shootings with four or more people shot. In one, a 2-year-old girl and three teenagers were injured in a shooting in Jacksonville, Fla. In Mobile, Ala., four teenagers were shot by two gunmen outside a movie theater.
So far this year, the U.S. has averaged roughly 36 gun fatalities each day, according to the Gun Violence Archive.