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Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017
The FBI has designated 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 as active shooter incidents. Twenty incidents
occurred in 2016, while 30 incidents occurred in 2017.
As with past FBI active shooter-related publications, this report does not encompass all gun-related
situations. Rather, it focuses on a specific type of shooting situation. The FBI defines an active shooter
as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.1
Implicit in this definition is the shooter’s use of one or more firearms. The active aspect of the definition inherently implies that both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event based upon their responses to the situation.
This report supplements two previous publications: A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013 and Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2014 and 2015. The methodology articulated in the 2000-2013 study was applied to the 2016 and 2017 incidents to ensure consistency.
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