A report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), on Monday, shows 61 active shooter incidents in the United States, representing a 52.5% increase from 2020 and a 96.8% increase from 2017.
According to the report, in 2021, the FBI observed an emerging trend involving roving active shooters, specifically, shooters who shoot in multiple locations, either in one day or in various locations over several days.
FBI defined an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area using a firearm.
103 were killed and 140 were wounded in the 61 incidents, FBI says. It identified 60 shooters as male and one was female, all aged between 12 years old and 67 years old.
The shootings took place at residences, government property, schools, commercial areas, open spaces, and religious centres.
“ 30 shooters were apprehended by law enforcement, 14 shooters were killed by law enforcement, four shooters were killed by armed citizens, one shooter was killed in a vehicle accident during a law enforcement pursuit, 11 shooters committed suicide, and one shooter remains at large,” the report shows.