Nov 8, 2018, 9:22 AM ET

Active shooter incidents are on the rise: FBI

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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!

  • Sacredfeminine

    You think?????

  • Bobo McStevens

    THANKS TRUMP!

  • 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..

  • 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

  • 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.

    Coincidence?

  • 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?

  • John Rettinger

    Domestic and International Terrorists have operated in the US since 1990. They resort to large truck bombs, destruction of passenger jets, shrapnel bombs, arson, incendiary devices, and poisons. These active shooter figures portray revenge, rage over the environment, and mental instability.

  • empirewacksback

    Trump has increased something else over Obama! Oh, wait a minute .......,,,,

  • Summer Tyme

    "Active shooter incidents are on the rise."
    FBI

    Fake news from deep state.

    American carnage ended when I was elected.

    Ask my Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    Oh wait!

    Don Con.

  • IT-Worker-Since-1990

    Gun nuts are saying that we need to have more guns available to defend ourselves from these mass shootings. They do not seem to grasp that having more guns just means that people have easier access to guns to use in mass shootings.

    Rhetorical question: Just how many mass shootings would there be if there were no guns?

    I do not believe that the answer is to ban guns but we need to restrict them. Universal background checks, all gun sales must be registered, a gun owner must take a class on gun safety and a test to determine if they know the proper rules to safely use a firearm. Further, a psychological evaluation must be done and a "waiting period" must be made before a gun purchase can be finalized. Next, restrict the amount of rounds that are allowed to be held by any one person. (Switzerland did this!)

  • OtherMrNiceGuy

    "Texas had the most with five, followed by four each in California and Florida." Notice that Illinois is missing. Obviously the drug war shootings are not being calculated here otherwise the numbers would be much, much higher.

    However, just taking these numbers makes us realize that something in the society itself is putrifying. I am not convinced it is due to the availability of guns as guns have been available since the founding of the nation.

    We are being positioned and acclimated to accept a police state, whether fascist or socialist.

  • Youcan'thandlethetruth

    Shhhhhh! You're going to upset the gun nuts. Guns keep us safer; those folks were just in the wrong place at the wrong time!

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    Of course they're on the rise. Does everyone know that Trump diverted funds meant to investigate domestic terrorism to focus exclusively on immigrants. Immigrants have a lower crime percentage than citizens so as usual Trump is guided completely by his prejudices as he makes one bad decision after another. Mostly for his political gain and our loss.

  • Renate

    It's like the US is becoming a Mad Max world.

  • David

    Not sure how much this cost us, but for 50 bucks I could have told them, yea, mass shootings are on the rise.

  • Veriz Mecy

    There’s only one person in America that FBI really interested in him that’s why there’s so much activity that FBI look into. If FBI stop following or thinking of this person this will never happen again. The more you think about this person or worry about this person being that he’s not many bad things will happen in days hours and weeks. Every time FBI wants big major breaking news they think about this person. Just one person.