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Number of LEOs wounded in active shooter incidents rose dramatically in 2022

The number of active shooter incidents decreased, but the number of wounded and killed went up, in a 2022 report from the FBI



By Bill Carey

WASHINGTON — Active shooter incidents in the United States in 2022 decreased, but the number of people shot increased, according to a report released by the FBI Wednesday.

The rate of wounded law enforcement officers jumped dramatically, from five in 2021 to 21 in 2022, according to the report. One law enforcement officer was killed in 2022.

The FBI designated 50 shootings in 2022 as active shooter incidents. The FBI defines an active shooter as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.” Specific to this definition is the use of a firearm. The active aspect implies the ongoing nature and the potential for a response to affect the outcome.

Incidents related to self-defense, gang violence, drug violence, domestic disputes, hostage situations or other criminal acts were excluded.

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The 50 active shooter incidents left 313 casualties, including 100 people killed. The FBI term of “casualty” counts includes deaths and injuries. The report does not count the shooter if killed.

The deadliest incident of 2022 was the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas where a gunman killed 21 people and wounded 17.

The shooting with the highest number of casualties, injuries and deaths, was in Highland Park, Illinois, where a gunman killed seven people and injured 48 during a July Fourth parade.

Texas had the highest number of active shooter incidents with six reported, according to the report. Arizona, Florida, Michigan and New York were the second highest, each with three incidents.

Twenty-nine shooters were apprehended by law enforcement, seven were fatally shot by law enforcement, two were fatally shot by armed citizens, and nine died by suicide.

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