Active Shooter Incidents – 2020

Black automatic assault rifle against a colorful background riddled with bullet holes while the red section of the background "bleeds"The US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have released Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2020, their latest report in a series of documented active shooter incidents. This report outlines the 40 active shooter incidents that occurred in the United States in 2020.

Active shooter incidents are defined by the FBI as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.” They further specify that the “active” aspect of these incidents means the outcome can be heavily impacted by the nature of the response.

The report offers graphs and maps that illustrate the shooters’ demographics, the locations targeted, and the outcomes of the incident. It also includes a list of each incident with a brief description, identifying the location of the incident, the shooter(s), their weapon(s), and the number of people killed and wounded.


For more information on topics related to this piece, visit the HSDL Featured Topics on Active ShootersDomestic (U.S.) Terrorism, and Lone Wolf Terrorism.

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