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Table 228.16. Number of active shooter incidents at educational institutions, number and type of guns used, and number and characteristics of shooters, by level of institution: 2000 through 2017
  Number of incidents Number of guns used, by gun type Number of shooters
Level of institution and year Total number of incidents By number of guns used in incident Total number of shooters By sex By age group By shooter outcome on the scene
One gun used More than one gun used Handgun Shotgun Rifle Male Female 12 to 18 19 to 24 25 and above Apprehended Committed suicide Killed or wounded by law enforcement
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Elementary and
   secondary
   schools
                                 
  2000 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2001 2   1 1 2   1 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
  2002 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2003 3 1 1 2 6   0 2 3 3 0 2 0 1 2 1 0
  2004 1   1 0 0   1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
                                   
  2005 2   1 1 3   1 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 0
  2006 6   2 4 5   2 5 6 6 0 3 1 2 5 1 0
  2007 1   0 1 2   0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
  2008 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 1   1 0 1   0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
                                   
  2010 4 2 4 0 3   0 1 4 4 0 0 0 4 3 1 0
  2011 1   1 0 1   0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
  2012 3   2 1 3   1 1 3 3 0 2 1 0 2 1 0
  2013 3   2 1 1   2 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 1 2 0
  2014 3   2 1 2   1 1 3 3 0 3 0 0 1 2 0
                                   
  2015 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 3   3 0 2   0 1 3 3 0 3 0 0 2 0 1
  2017 4   2 2 4 3 1 2 4 4 0 2 1 1 2 2 0
                                   
Postsecondary
   institutions
                                 
  2000 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2001 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2002 1   1 0 1   0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  2003 1   0 1 1   0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
  2004 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
                                   
  2005 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2006 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2007 1   0 1 2   0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
  2008 2   1 1 4   1 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 0
  2009 1   0 1 3   0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
                                   
  2010 2   1 1 3   0 0 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0
  2011 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2012 2   1 1 3   0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1
  2013 2   2 0 1   1 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 1
  2014 2   2 0 1   1 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1
                                   
  2015 1   0 1 >=3 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
  2016 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Includes one active shooter incident at a county board of education meeting.
2 Includes one active shooter incident at a city school board meeting.
3 One of the handguns used was listed as a "pistol."
4 One shooter was reported to have used "several handguns."
NOTE: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines an active shooter as "one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area" (Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017, available at the URL shown in the SOURCE note).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013, Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2014 and 2015, and Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017, retrieved August 10, 2018, from https://www.fbi.gov/about/partnerships/office-of-partner-engagement/active-shooter-resources. (This table was prepared August 2018.)

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