Statistical report of shootings in the US for 2016 – 2017 analyzed by time and location.
Through recent research, we came across a website (www.gunviolencearchive.org) that tracks all the gun-related incidents across the US. It shows where and when the shootings happen, provides a news source, and lists all the released details. We decided to pull the data on mass shootings from the past year and analyze it. This website classifies any incident involving 4 or more people, killed, injured, or not, as a mass shooting. We discovered there were 452 mass shootings in the past year. That’s more than one a day (see the news ticker on the right side of this page.) When we began to create graphs from the data, we saw some trends in active shooter situations.
Are there some days of the week when a shooting is more like to happen? What about months of the year? Here is what we found:
I guess it makes sense that more shootings would happen on the weekend. Why the summer months? Is it because people are out of school, on vacation? Regardless of the reason we know we should be extra alert at this time of the year.
Where are shootings most likely to occur? Here is the data tabulated by State:
When we initially created this first chart, California, Florida, Illinois and Texas had many more active shootings than the rest of the country. We quickly realized that 3 of those 4 states, California, Texas and Florida, are the 3 most populous states in the nation. When this data is calculated for per capita, California, Texas and Florida are less alarming. Illinois is worse, accompanied by Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Shootings by Location
These charts give a lot of insight into the when and where of shootings but what about the specific locations where the shootings take place? We are most at risk on the weekend, during the summer, in Illinois, but where, exactly? At school, at work, or at the mall? Here is what we discovered:
Maybe the most disturbing revelation is that the majority of gun-related incidents happen in residential areas. It’s not in the airport or at the post office or on the roads. It’s in the places that we live.
Pre-Release Video Giveaway
These statistics can feel frightening, but there are resources out there to protect our families. We are in the process of creating a video compilation to give information on how to train yourself and your family on what to do in an active shooter situation.
Data for this analysis was derived from the Gun Violence Archive.