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250 Active Shooter Incidents 2000-2017

In 2014, 2016, and again in 2018, the FBI initiated a study of “active shooter” incidents to provide federal, state, and local law enforcement with data so they can better understand how to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from these incidents.

An updated report should be available in 2021.

But we do know that in the first six months of 2020, there was a nearly 15% increase in murders nationwide, and across a sample of 59 cities tracked by the FBI, the number of murders was up 28% from January through July compared to the same period in 2019, according to The New York Times.

Casualties from Active Shooter Incidents.

The bar chart contains statistics, broken down by year, of the number of casualties that resulted from active shooter incidents from 2000 to 2017. The total number of casualties for this time frame was 2,217.

25% of active shooter events are in Schools & Churches.

The pie chart shows a statistical breakdown of the location categories where the 250 active shooter incidents took place in the U.S. from 2000 to 2017. 

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2217 Active Shooter Casualties

The map graphic contains several snapshot statistics of the active shooter incidents that occurred in the United States from 2000 to 2017. These statistics include 250 active shooter incidents and 2,217 casualties, including 799 killed and 1,418 wounded.

FBI Conclusion

All 50 FBI active shooter-designated incidents during the 2016-2017 time frame were single-shooter events, and all shooters were male.

Armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents. They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents. Their selfless actions likely saved many lives.

The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike.

Resources:
Conclusion Report: https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/active-shooter-incidents-us-2016-2017.pdf/view
Graphs: https://www.fbi.gov/about/partnerships/office-of-partner-engagement/active-shooter-incidents-graphics

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