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FBI Provides Study on Active Shooter Incidents

Oct 01, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has just released “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013.” The agreed-upon definition of an active shooter by U.S. government agencies—including the White House, U.S. Department of Justice/FBI, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency—is “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” According to the study:

  • An average of 11.4 incidents occurred annually.
  • An average of 6.4 incidents occurred in the first 7 yrs studied, and an average of 16.4 occurred in the last 7 yrs.
  • 70.0% of the incidents occurred in either a commerce/business or educational environment
  • Shootings occurred in 40 of 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • 60.0% of the incidents ended before police arrived.

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