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Active shooter incidents down, but losses up – FBI – RT World News



The agency recorded 50 such shootings in the United States last year, in which more than 300 people were killed.

The number of “active shooter” incidents in the United States fell in 2022, although more people were shot during these events, according to FBI statistics released this week. In the deadliest incident, 22 people – including 19 children – were murdered at an elementary school in Texas.

There were 50 active shooter incidents in 2022, compared to 61 in 2021, the statistics revealed. A total of 313 people were killed, compared to 243 in 2021. The number of people killed, however, rose from 103 to 100.

The FBI defines an “active shooter” as one or more individuals “actively engaged in killing or intending to kill people in a populated area”. Some 13 incidents investigated by the FBI in 2022 were considered “mass murders”, defined by the government as “three or more billings in one incident.”

Law enforcement apprehended 29 of the shooters involved, while three remain at large. The rest were killed or committed suicide to avoid capture. The overwhelming majority (47) of shooters were male, while one was female, one “non-binary” and one unidentified. A total of 29 of the perpetrators used handguns, 26 rifles, while the rest used shotguns or unidentified weapons.

The deadliest incident took place in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school. The police waited over an hour to enter the school and shoot the shooter, and were heavily criticized for their response.

The report offers only a small glimpse into the extent of gun violence in the United States, as the FBI noted that it did not analyze vigilante incidents, domestic disputes, the taking of hostages, gang violence or drug-related violence. According to the most recent data collected by Pew Research, a record 48,830 people died from gun-related injuries in the United States in 2021.

Some 54% of those deaths were suicides, while 43% were murders, and the remaining 3% were either accidental, undetermined, or involved law enforcement.

Gun murders have risen sharply in recent years, rising 45% between 2019 and 2021. Democrats continue to blame widespread gun availability, while Republicans blame soft-on-crime policies enacted in Democratic-led cities and states during the 2020 George Floyd Riots.



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