Nov 8, 2018, 9:22 AM ET

Active shooter incidents are on the rise: FBI


Twenty-one states around the country, from California to Maryland, saw active shooter incidents in the two-year period from 2016 to 2017, ten more than in the previous two-year period, according to a new FBI report.

Texas had the most with five, followed by four each in California and Florida.

According to the FBI, an active shooter is one or more individuals actively engaging in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.

The report, by the FBI's Office of Partner Engagement, found that in the years 2016 and 2017, there were 50 active shooter incidents – 20 in 2016 and 30 in 2017.

That is an increase from the 2014-2015 period during which there were 40 active shooter incidents.

PHOTO: A broken window is seen at The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas, Oct. 2, 2017.Mike Blake/Reuters
A broken window is seen at The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino following a mass shooting at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas, Oct. 2, 2017.

A total of 943 people were either hurt or killed in 2016 and 2017, not counting the shooters. The total over those two years amounts to 60 percent of all those killed or wounded in incidents between 2000-2016. That 16-year-period saw 1,486 people hurt or killed in active shooter incidents.

There were 221 people killed and 722 people wounded in 2016 and 2017.

The biggest mass casualty incident in the country's history happened on October 1, 2017 when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival from across the street killing 58 and injuring 489.

According to the FBI, three incidents spiked casualty numbers in the most recent report: the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., that aforementioned Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nev., and the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

The report says most of the incidents occurred in places of business, such as a shopping mall, followed by open spaces, such as a park or an outdoor concert venue and school environments.

The year 2000 saw the lowest number of both incidents and casualties and since then there has been an increase in both.

Since 2000 there have been at least 20 casualties in a year because of active shooting incidents.

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  • Prophet With Honor

    Do any of you realize this is recycled from 6 months ago?

  • Morgan Sheridan

    Another blood libation to the NRA Gods, eh? Drink deep!

  • Armed and Psychotic Loner

    "Active shooter incidents are on the rise: FBI"

    As are gun purchases in the US. But correlation does not equal causation, especially to the NRA.

  • Sacredfeminine

    You think?????

  • Bobo McStevens


  • concernedvoter

    Southern Black Church, Pulse Night club, Las Vegas Massacre, Texas Church, Parkland, Synagague, Walmart shooter, Yoga Studio, Mega-Bomber, etc etc etc all perfectly fine with Trump, the GOP and NRA..

  • Tony Radcliffe-Hung

    I think the accepted threshold of "mass murder" is 4 or more victims, but I'm not positive. I believe this is also where they get the term "serial killer" at 4 or more.

    Why they picked 4 and not 2 or 3 or 16, I do not know. But I'm 80% sure it's the magic number.

  • Omegacron

    All that's changed is how such crimes are classified & reported. A shooter walking into a nightclub and firing at random targets is a "mass shooting" and/or "active shooter" situation. A gang member shooting another gang member and his girlfriend on a street intersection at night... is not.

  • Eteamer

    If you know one of the nuts with guns, turn them in. Before they kill. FBI/tip

  • Tony Radcliffe-Hung

    I will say again:

    The left would be willing to deal on the 14th if the right will deal on the 2nd and we'll bring both amendments into the 21st! (Century that is).

  • AG99

    Odd phrasing. What's an inactive shooter incident?

  • logical

    active shooter incidents have been on the rise since 1990

  • Bob Thor

    Time to start profiling White males?

  • Jonas Blane ll

    Anti semitic attacks rising under Trump.
    Active shootings rising under Trump.


  • Bob Marshall

    One thing to think about is the casualty count. Don't get me wrong, every life is valuable but when put up against other statistics I have a greater chance of a tree falling on me then being shot in one of these incidents. Yet the roar is that we need to change two hundred years of right, law and precedent to remedy this problem.

  • logical

    and every active shooter incident ends when someone with a gun finally arrives on scene to stop it.

    active shooter incidents have been on the rise since the advent of "gun free zones". correlation but not causation

  • reality25

    Wasn't law and order Trump supposed to end the "American Carnage"?

  • logical

    You can't get more famous and nefarious than by being an active shooter nowadays

  • The_Splurge

    Wonder how many bad guys were shot dead during the same period.

  • Diane R Smith

    On the rise? Ya THINK?