Mass shootings are senseless tragedies, but doctors suspect these events aren’t as random as they appear. And they’re wielding data to back up their claims.

In a presentation on Tuesday at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2018, Stephen Markowiak, M.D., presented an independent analysis of national data on the communities affected by mass shootings — shootings in which four or more people are killed — since 2005.

In the hopes that they could illuminate the common factors underlying mass shooting events, Markowiak and his colleagues matched up 155 mass shootings between 2005 and 2018 with data from the communities where they occurred.

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