CBSDFW.COM/AP — The number of mass killings carried out in the United States in 2019 is one of the biggest ever.

A database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that 2019 had the most mass killings since at least the 1970s.

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In all, there were 41 mass killings, defined as when four or more people are killed excluding the perpetrator.

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The killings included the massacre at an El Paso Walmart, where 21-year-old Patrick Crusius opened fire targeting Hispanic people near the Texas-Mexico border, and the mass shooting in Odessa where Seth Ator, 36, killed seven people at random after fleeing a traffic stop.

More than 210 people were slain from these killings in 2019.

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