The FBI has just released a new report about active-shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013, and results are particularly dire. The bureau finds that the number of these tragedies escalated and became more deadly over this span.
A total of 160 crimes fit the FBI's active-shooter parameters, with seven of them taking place here. Of the latter, many of them will be instantly familiar to most readers, including the one with the most casualties in the entire country: the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. However, several others are little remembered at this point -- a sad testimony to how common such attacks have become. Continue to get details and see videos about each one, as well the complete report.
The carnage from active-shooter incidents is startling: A total of 1,043 casualties stemmed from the 160 offenses -- a sum that includes 486 deaths.
Other facts are equally unsettling. From 2000 to 2013, an average of 11.4 active-shooter incidents took place nationwide. But over the first seven years, that average was 6.4. In the last seven years, that digit more than doubled, to 16.4 active-shooter incidents per annum.
Not every state was impacted: Incidents took place in forty of fifty, plus the District of Columbia. In addition, 70 percent occurred in either a business or educational environment, and law-enforcement couldn't save lives in every case. Stats show that 60 percent of the incidents were over by the time police arrived at the scene.
Moreover, all four of the incidents with the highest casualty counts took place between 2007 and 2013. They are:
• Cinemark Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado: 70 (12 killed, 58 wounded), July 20, 2012
• Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia: 49 (32 killed, 17 wounded), April 16, 2007
• Ft. Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center in Ft. Hood, Texas: 45 (13 killed, 32 wounded), November 5, 2009
• Sandy Hook Elementary School and a residence in Newtown, Connecticut: 29 (27 killed, 2 wounded), December 14, 2012
The report as a whole is included below. But here are listings for all seven of the Colorado assaults, featuring videos and FBI text.
On June 25, 2006, at 3:03 p.m., Michael Julius Ford, 22, armed with a handgun, began shooting in a Safeway warehouse in Denver, Colorado, after having recently been passed over for a job promotion. After shooting at his co-workers, he began setting fires in the warehouse. One person was killed; five were wounded, including one police officer. The shooter was killed by police during an exchange of gunfire.
Youth with a Mission Training Center/New Life Church
On December 9, 2007, at 12:29 a.m., Matthew John Murray, 24, armed with a rifle, two handguns, and smoke bombs, entered the Youth with a Mission Training Center in Arvada, Colorado, and began shooting. Two people were killed; two were wounded. He then walked seven miles overnight to the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and began shooting again. The shooter had been expelled from the training center three years prior to the incident. Two additional people were killed there; three more were wounded. The shooter committed suicide after being shot by church security. A total of four people were killed; five were wounded.
Continue for information about five more active-shooter incidents in Colorado cited by the FBI, including additional videos and the complete document. Sandbar Sports Grill
On November 7, 2009, at 7:28 p.m., Richard Allan Moreau, 63, armed with a handgun, began shooting in the Sandbar Sports Grill in Vail, Colorado. Before the attack, Moreau had an argument inside the bar and was escorted out by security. One person was killed; three were wounded. The shooter was apprehended by responding police.
Deer Creek Middle School
On February 23, 2010, at 3:10 p.m., Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood, 32, armed with a rifle, began shooting in Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado. No one was killed; two people were wounded. The shooter was restrained by teachers until police arrived and took him into custody.
Boulder Stove and Flooring
On May 17, 2010, at 11:05 a.m., Robert Phillip Montgomery, 53, armed with a handgun, began shooting at the owners in the back office of Boulder Stove and Flooring in Boulder, Colorado. Two people were killed; no one was wounded. The shooter committed suicide before police arrived.
Cinemark Century 16
On July 20, 2012, at 12:30 a.m., James Eagan Holmes, 24, armed with a rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun, allegedly began shooting after releasing tear gas canisters in a theater at the Cinemark Century 16 movie theaters in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed; 58 were wounded. The shooter, who was wearing body armor, was apprehended by police. Police later found the shooter's apartment booby-trapped with explosives.
Arapahoe High School
On December 13, 2013, at 12:30 p.m., Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, armed with a shotgun, machete, and three Molotov cocktails, began shooting in the hallways of Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. As he moved through the school and into the library, he fired one additional round and lit a Molotov cocktail, throwing it into a bookcase and causing minor damage. One person was killed; no one was wounded. The shooter committed suicide as a school resource officer approached him.
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