New FBI Report REVEALS Common Threads In Most Active Shooter Situations

By Victor Smiroff | Tuesday, 25 June 2024 01:45 AM
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In a recent report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it was revealed that open spaces, including roads, neighborhoods, parks, and outdoor venues, were the most common locations for "active shooter incidents" in the United States in 2023.

The FBI's report, as reported by Fox News, provides a comprehensive overview of these incidents, aiming to enhance the understanding of law enforcement, first responders, and the public about the threat levels associated with such incidents.

According to the FBI, there were 48 active shooter incidents across 26 states in 2023, resulting in 105 fatalities and 139 injuries. The state of California, known for its stringent gun control laws, topped the list with eight incidents. Texas and Washington state followed, each reporting four incidents. The FBI defines an active shooter as "one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area."

The report further breaks down the locations of these incidents. Twenty-eight took place in open spaces, 14 in commercial settings such as retail stores and entertainment venues, three in educational institutions, two in healthcare facilities, and one in a residential area. The most lethal incident occurred on October 25, when a lone gunman killed 18 people at a bowling alley and bar in Lewiston, Maine. The shooter was found dead two days later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


The FBI report also provides demographic information about the perpetrators. Of the 49 shooters involved in the 2023 incidents, all were male, with one individual identifying as both female and transgender. The ages of the shooters ranged from 17 to 72 years old. The weapons used in these attacks were predominantly handguns, with 43 incidents, followed by 16 involving rifles and one with a shotgun.


The FBI's report also highlights a concerning trend. "In 2023, the FBI designated 48 shootings as active shooter incidents. Although incidents decreased by 4% from 2022 (50 incidents), the number of active shooter incidents increased 60% since 2019 (30 incidents)," the report stated. "The FBI designated 229 active shooter incidents from 2019–2023. This represents an 89% increase in active shooter incidents (121) from the previous five-year period (2014–2018)."