Home About Us Critical Incident Response Group Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents

Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents

Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents

Bullet Holes in Door of Holocaust Museum

Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incidents

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, and recent active shooter incidents have underscored the need for a coordinated response by law enforcement and others to save lives.  The FBI is committed to working with its partners to protect schools, workplaces, houses of worship, transportation centers, other public gathering sites, and communities.  Although local and state law enforcement agencies are virtually always the first ones on the scene, the FBI has played a large role in supporting the response to every major incident in recent years and has much to offer in terms of capacity, expertise, specialized capabilities, training, and resources before and after an incident occurs. The successful prevention of these active shooter incidents lies with a wide range of public and private entities all working together. To that end, the FBI provides operational, behaviorally-based threat assessment and threat management services to help detect and prevent acts of targeted violence, helping  academic, mental health, business, community, law enforcement, and government entities recognize and disrupt potential active shooters  who may be on a trajectory toward violence.  The Bureau also continues its research to identify indicators that could signal potential violent intent.

07.09.10

In the News
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) To submit tips about the 11/1/13 shooting incident at the LA International Airport, go to https://tips.fbi.gov.
10.26.13
FBI Atlanta hosts Active Shooter conference for best practices, services available.
10.21.13
Attorney General Holder discusses FBI Active Shooter assistance to law enforcement.
09.25.13
Law enforcement shares findings of the investigation into Washington Navy Yard shootings.

chgo500.jpg
For the Public: Responding to an Active Shooter Crisis Situation
line

This video, recently produced by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, dramatizes an active shooter incident in the workplace. Its purpose is to educate the public on how to respond during such an incident. Warning: The initial sequence in this video may be disturbing.

- Watch Video

 


For Law Enforcement
L.E.E.P. SealThe FBI’s Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) is an important element in the effort to provide access to tools and resources for law enforcement, intelligence, and criminal justice communities by using single sign-on technology. A primary LEEP component—the Law Enforcement Online (LEO) website—offers a variety of active shooter materials for law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help ensure preparedness for these types of events, including crisis resources, law enforcement training, assistance on dealing with victims, and a directory of FBI field offices.