The FBI counted 61 “active shooter” incidents last year, up 52% ​​from 2020

The United States experienced 61 “active shooter” incidents last year, marking a sharp increase in the sheer number of attacks, casualties and geographic spread from 2021 and the highest number in over 20 years, the FBI reported Monday.

According to the FBI, the total in 2021, spread across 30 states, was 52 percent higher than in 2020 and about double the previous three years. The agency defines an active shooter as someone who seemingly indiscriminately kills or attempts to kill people in public spaces.

Commercial businesses accounted for just over half of all such incidents last year, which was also notable for an emerging trend of “roving active shooters” opening fire in multiple locations, as was the case with one shooter who killed multiple days Spas attacked in the Atlanta area. said the FBI.

The report said 103 people were killed and 140 injured in the slaughter by active gunmen last year. In contrast, in 2020, a year that coincided with the peak of the restrictions on social and economic life due to the coronavirus pandemic, the FBI counted 40 active rifle attacks in 19 states, killing 38 people and injuring 126.

Comparisons to recent years are severely skewed by data from 2017, the year a gunman opened fire from a high-rise window at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas, killing 56 people and injuring hundreds more in a single incident.

The Las Vegas attack alone helped push 2017’s annual death toll — 143 dead and 591 wounded — to record highs, even though there were only 31 active shootings that year, about half the number in 2021.

As high as the death toll was last year, it’s only the seventh-deadliest year in active shootings, dating back to 2000, the first year for which FBI numbers are available. Still, this is the largest number of such attacks on record, only exceeding the 40 recorded in 2020.

Though California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, it was responsible for more active shooting incidents than any other state last year, six out of 61, followed by Texas and Georgia with five each, according to the report.

The deadliest single incident of 2021 was the mass shooting at the Kings Soopers Grocery Store in Boulder, Colorado, which killed 10 victims. Eight were killed and seven injured at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.

The FBI noted that its active shooter report does not include all gun violence or even all mass shootings, which the government defines as at least killings in a single incident.

Excluded from the data are gang- or drug-related acts of violence, incidents strictly defined as domestic disputes, isolated hostage-taking, or crossfire from other criminal activities, the FBI said. The FBI counted 61 “active shooter” incidents last year, up 52% ​​from 2020

Bobby Allyn

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