From the FBI: Active Shooter Incidents of 2016 and 2017

In a new report, “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017“, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) delves into the specifics surrounding the 50 incidents that have occurred in the past two years. The “FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.” This report is a follow-up from two previous reports, A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013” and “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2014 and 2015“. Listed below are some quick facts from the most recent report.

-There were 20 events in 2016, and 30 in 2017, which occurred in 21 different states. Texas had the most incidents of any state, totaling six.

-The 50 incidents resulted in 943 deaths, which is separated into 221 dead and 722 wounded.

-In all 50 active shooter incidents, all shooters were male.

-Of those 50 shooters, 18 were apprehended by police, 11 were killed by police, 13 shooters committed suicide, and 8 shooters were stopped by citizens.

-A total of 33 law enforcement officers were killed or wounded.

The FBI notes that “casualty numbers were dramatically higher due to three incidents: the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida; and the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.” You can browse additional active shooter reports and resources, compiled by the Homeland Security Digital Library, by clicking here.


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