Study: Mass Killings Account For Less Than 1% Of Homicides, Many Do Not Involve GunsSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 14:12
Study: Mass Killings Account For Less Than 1% Of Homicides, Many Do Not Involve Guns
HOMICIDES AND MASS KILLINGS IN THE UNITED STATES, 2006-10
About every two weeks in the United States, four or more people (not including the killer) die in a mass killing. Some get little media attention. As frequent as they are, however, mass killings make up only about 1% of the roughly 15,000 people murdered in the U.S. each year. (See Graphs)
Meghan Hoyer and Brad Heath | USA TODAY
December 19, 2012 | 9:36 AM EST
Mass killers target Americans once every two weeks on average, in attacks that range from robberies to horrific public shooting sprees like the massacre Friday of 27 people in Newtown, Conn., a USA TODAY examination found.
Using news accounts and FBI records from 2006 through 2010, the most recent years for which complete records were available, USA TODAY identified 156 murders that met the FBI definitions of mass killings, where four or more people were killed.