The violence last year helped break two grim records when it comes to active shooters: the most incidents and the most people killed in any one year since at least 2000, the first year the FBI has data on the subject.
The 17-year high was revealed in a new report released by the bureau that delves into active shootings throughout 2016 and 2017, the gunmen and the carnage that’s left behind. In 2017, there were 30 active shooting incidents throughout the nation. A total of 138 were killed in the shootings, the first time a death toll has risen above 90 for a single year.
“Am I surprised by the increase? No,” said former FBI Agent James Gagliano. He added the rise could be blamed on a number of things, including video games, accessibility to guns, copycats, the news cycle and the Web.