US sees dramatic rise in ‘active shooter incidents’

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Police and swat team members respond to a call of a shooting at the Azana Spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin Photo: AP

FBI study shows incidents in which a gunman opened fire on a crowd more than doubled in the past seven years

(SOURCE)  The number incidents in the US in which a shooter opened fire on a crowd has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks occurring at a business or a school, according to a new FBI report.

The study focused on 160 “active shooter incidents” – defined by the FBI as cases in which a gunman opens fire at people in a populated area.

According to the report, an average of six shooting incidents occurred between 2000 and 2007. That average rose to more than 16 per year in the following seven years, between 2007 and 2013.

Study of 160 Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 - 2013

The latter period included the 2012 shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as last year’s massacre at the Washington Navy Yard in which a gunman killed 12 people before dying in a police shootout.

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