The U.K. Had its First Mass Shooting in a Decade. The U.S. Has Had Over 3,000 Since Then

Police in England say that a man who shot dead five people including a young girl carried out his spree in just six minutes.

Jake Davison, 23, a licensed firearms holder, shot two women, two men and the three-year-old girl in the Keyham area of Plymouth in the southwest English county of Devon on Thursday night.

It was the first mass shooting in the U.K for 11 years. The last one was on June 2, 2010. when Derrick Bird killed 12 people in Cumbria, England.

While Thursday's killings have shocked the country, there have been countless more such incidents in the U.S. over the last decade. Since the start of 2013, there has been more than one mass shooting a day, according to data from a prominent gun control non-profit.

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Police at the scene in Plymouth, England on August 13, 2021 after a gunman shot dead six people. It was the fist mass shooting in the U.K for 11 years. Finnbarr Webster/Getty

The Gun Violence Archive (GVA) defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more more people are shot and/or killed in a single event at the same general time and location, not including the shooter.

According to these criteria, since it started compiling records in 2013, there have been 3,378 incidents, including 425 so far in 2021. Last year it recorded the highest number in that period, of 611.

The definition of what constitutes a mass shooting differs among gun control groups.

Everytown for Gun Safety says a mass shooting is any incident where four or more people are shot and killed, excluding the shooter, which means its numbers are a lot lower.

In any case, the group says there are an average of 19 mass shootings in the U.S. every year, ranging from a low of 15 in 2010 to a high of 29 in 2019.

Between 2011 and 2020 there were 203 mass shootings while according to the group's criteria, so far in 2021 there have been 23 such incidents.

The group says on its website that in nearly all the mass shootings in the last decade, the shooter was an adult man who acted alone and was likely to have displayed prior warning signs.

Meanwhile, details are starting to emerge about the shooter in England and his social media activity has shown both a love of guns and a regard for former President Donald Trump.

On his Facebook page, Davison claims he was from Phoenix, Arizona, although videos on his YouTube channel reveal he has a British accent. He also shared a Trump quote on June 20, 2018 which said the U.S. does not try to impose its way of life "on anyone but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch."

He also spoke on his YouTube channels about his mental health and said that his life "amounted to nothing."

Newsweek has contacted the Gun Violence Archive for further information.