WASHINGTON - There were 28 active shooter incidents in the United States last year, up from 27 the previous year, the FBI said in a report released Tuesday.
The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals engaged in killing people in a populated area.
The shooting incidents last year, carried out by 30 active shooters, killed 97 people and wounded 150, the FBI said. That compares with 85 killed and 128 wounded the previous year.
The report, the FBI’s fifth in a series on active shooters in recent years, highlighted several characteristics of the shooters:
- 29 were male, one was female
- 26 acted alone
- 5 were in their teens, 13 in their 20s, 4 in their 30s, 5 in their 40s, 2 in their 50s and one in his 60s
Nine of the shooters were killed by law enforcement officers at the scene of the shootings and five committed suicide.
The deadliest shooting incident last year occurred on August 3 when a gunman shot and killed 23 people and injured 22 others at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.
The perpetrator, 21-year-old white supremacist Patrick Crusius, was later charged with capital murder.
The shooting incident with the second-highest number of casualties came the next day when Connor Stephen Betts, 24, killed nine people and wounded 27 others outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio.
Betts was later killed by responding officers.