FBI, This Week: Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2018


April 18, 2019

Twenty-seven active shooter incidents occurred in 16 states during 2018, according the FBI’s most recent active shooter report.


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Mollie Halpern: Twenty-seven active shooter incidents occurred in 16 states during 2018, according the FBI’s most recent active shooter report.

The information in the report is culled from a variety of sources—to include media stories as well as FBI and police investigative data.

The Bureau defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.

Supervisory Intelligence Analyst Deborah Cryan, who authored the report, says 16 of the incidents took place in commercial areas.

Deborah Cryan: Five incidents took place in schools, two incidents took place in health care facilities, and one incident took place in a house of worship.

As in previous years, the ages of the active shooters are wide-ranged.

Cryan: The youngest was 13. The oldest was 64 years old.

Halpern: The majority of active shooters are male.

Cryan: In 2018, there were three female active shooters, and since 2000 there have been 12 females out of a total of 282 active shooters.

For more details, visit www.fbi.gov. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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