Active Shooter Incidents

Key Points

  • Overall violent crime has decreased in the past decade.

  • Active shooter incidents are a newly defined category of hazard, but similar incidents have occurred for many years.

  • Media reporting on active shooter incidents has increased, resulting in the perception that active shooter events have increased.

  • Active shooter incidents are distinguished from multiple homicide incidents by the need for an immediate response by law enforcement supported many other sectors such as emergency medical services, transportation and utilities.

  • Three significant active shooter incidents have occurred in the Puget Sound region in the past ten years.

  • Active shooter incidents have occurred in every part of the country.

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