New Article: DOJ Active Shooter Incidents a 20 year review 2000-2019

  • The Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012, signed into law in January 2013, permits the attorney
    general (AG), at the request of an appropriate state or local law enforcement official, to provide federal assistance
    during active shooter incidents and mass killings in public places. The AG delegated this responsibility to the FBI.
    In 2013, the FBI began its initial review of active shooter incidents. The FBI defines an “active shooter” as one or more
    individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. Implicit in this definition is the
    shooter’s use of one or more firearms. The “active” aspect of the definition inherently implies the ongoing nature of the
    incidents, and thus the potential for the response to affect the outcome.
    In 2014, the FBI published its first report, A Study of Active Shooter Incidents Between 2000-2013, and subsequently
    published annual and bi-annual reports reflecting its continued research into active shooter incidents based on the FBI’s
    definition of an active shooter.
    Through its initial research, the FBI identified and reported on 305 active shooter incidents occurring in the United
    States between 2000-2019. It was later determined there were potentially other active shooter incidents fitting the FBI’s
    active shooter definition that had not previously been identified. FBI personnel researched official federal, state, and
    local law enforcement records and open sources in an effort to identify all potential active shooter incidents throughout
    the country.
    As a result, the FBI evaluated and identified an additional 28 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and
    2019, bringing the total designated active shooter incidents during this time period to 333. The follow-up research
    identifying the additional 28 incidents is valid as of February 2021. Personnel did not review or re-validate the research
    data within the original 305 incidents from prior reports, with the exception of ensuring the number of at-large shooters
    noted at various points in this report were accurate.

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