We use the following definition in order to identify a mass shooting incident: A mass shooting incident involves an active shooter who shot 3 or more people in a single event.
Our spatial database houses quantitative and qualitative information about mass shooting incidents in the United States. Each row in our database represents a mass shooting event, and each column presents an attribute about the incident, such as the shooter's age, weapons used, and place type where the incident occurred. For some fields, we provide a detailed description, others a general category or numerical value.
The database begins with the 1966 mass shooting event at the University of Texas at Austin, which resulted in a staggering 16 victim fatalities and 32 wounded by gunshot. The timing of the event allowed us to create a more comprehensive database, and its occurrence on school grounds made it an obvious starting place for the project, as it was conceived after the devastating events of shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The database is not yet complete and we continue to collect incident data as they arise.
A partial extract of the data is shown in the table below. Please visit our Metadata section for further information about the database. If you would like a copy of our data, fill out the form on the Data Access section of the website.
|Number of fatalities||Location||Description||Date||Shooter age||Shooter sex||Type of weapon||Injured||Fate|
|21||San Ysidro, California||The San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre was a mass murder …||7/18/1984||41||Male||1 handgun, 1 assault pistol, 1 shotgun||Killed by police|
|13||Littleton, Colorado||Two teenage schoolboys shot and killed 12 schoolmates …||4/20/1999||17||Male||1 assault pistol, 1 rifle, 2 shotguns||24||Killed self|
|32||Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia||A student shot and killed 32 people and wounded 15 …||4/16/2007||23||Male||2 handguns||17||Killed self|
|23||Killeen, Texas||A man drove his truck through a window at a Luby’s …||10/16/1991||35||Male||2 handguns||22||Killed self|
- New York Times
- Los Angeles Times
- Think Progress Online
- San Jose Mercury News
- The Nation
- The Washington Post
- Citizens Crime Commission of New York City
- Mother Jones
- The Huffington Post
- USA Today
- Denver Post
- The Wall Street Journal
- FBI documents