FBI report says mass shootings have increased in U.S. in recent years

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An FBI report says that the number of “active shooter incidents,” such as the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, have increased in recent years. Image by Wikimedia user FutureTrillionaire

WASHINGTON — The FBI says the number of shootings in which a gunman opens fire on a crowd of people has increased in recent years.

The bureau released a report Wednesday analyzing 160 mass shootings between 2000 and 2013.

The report focuses on what the FBI calls “active shooter incidents,” or cases in which a gunman tries to kill multiple people in a confined space.

According to the report, an average of six shootings occurred in the first seven years that were studied. That average rose to 16 shootings in the last seven years of the study.

Examples of the killings studied include the 2012 deadly shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

The full report can be read below:

FBI | A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013

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