According to “The Washington Post,” an active shooter incident was defined by the FBI as, “an event involving an armed individual attempting to kill people within a populated area.” The data provided by the FBI, on June 16, 2016, revealed there has been an active shooter incident approximately every 18 days. This has included populated areas like schools, theaters, political events, and shopping malls.
The FBI reviewed the number of incidents, ranging from the year 2000 to 2015. In the year 2000, there was only one active shooter incident, but only one year the later, the statistic was already up to six individual events. Over the past two years, there have been 20 active shooter incidents each year. At the same time, the highest number of active shooter incidents was in 2010, with 26 individual events.
Included in the data provided by the FBI, an active shooter incident is different than a mass shooting, as the first only counts the number of attempts to injure or kill. To be considered a mass shooting there must be at least four people injured or killed. The most recent mass shooting was on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.
By Kristina Lasher
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The Washington Post: FBI: Active shooter incidents have soared since 2000
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