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Fake News: Black Men DID Commit Some Of This Year's 154 Mass Shootings

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 01 Nov 2018 22:58:17 Z)

Were none of the 154 mass shootings in the United States this year commited by black men or illegal aliens? No, that's not true: the claim made in a viral Facebook post published by David Brown this summer which has been shared over half a million times can easily be disproven.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post published on July 1, 2018 by a Facebook user named "David Brown" (archived here) with following text:

154 mass shootings this year and not one committed by a black man or illegal alien. Let that sink in.

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/dbrown1960/posts/1861260537253726

However a quick look at this list of 2018 mass shootings and a few Google searches are enough to disprove the claim:

1 dead, 3 injured in Brinkley shooting

The Monroe County sheriff says a suspect in a shooting that left one person dead and three others injured turned himself in Thursday morning.Arkansas State Police, which has been called in to investigate, says James Frost, 43, of Brinkley was taken into cu

Police ID man connected to shooting outside Allerton lounge

An Allerton lounge owner says the events leading up to a shooting and stabbing did not start inside of his business.

Who was Snochia Moseley? Maryland shooter who killed her colleagues

KILLER Moseley shot three people dead before turning the gun on herself in what police described as a 'senseless' crime.

It appears the claim was later repeated by the Facebook page Occupy Democrats (adding "women" to the list of non-perpetrators) leading Snopes to fact check it and finding it a "mixture" because depending on the definition of "mass shooting" it was still possible to claim no black men, women or illegal aliens committed any of the six shootings that would remain on the list if that definition was used:

FACT CHECK: Were None of 154 Mass Shootings in 2018 Committed by a Black Man, Illegal Alien, or Woman?

A hyperpartisan Facebook page gave readers an incomplete picture of mass shootings in America in 2018.

Note that we were unable to find examples of illegal immigrants committing mass shootings in 2018 but we didn't search very hard since the basic claim ("black man or illegal alien") was already logically proven false when we found our first counterexample.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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