Victims of K-12 school shootings U.S. 1966-2024, by situation

Number of victims wounded and killed by shootings occurring in K-12 schools in the United States from 1966 to April 18, 2024, by situation

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Release date

April 2024


United States

Survey time period

1966 to April 18, 2024

Supplementary notes

*Escalation of dispute is described as a situation in which there was a physical or verbal altercation between the shooter and the victim prior to the shooting or the shooting was in retaliation for a prior altercation or attack (e.g. a student pulls out a handgun during a fight or a student shoots another student the day after an argument).

**An indiscriminate shooting refers to a situation in which the shooter is targeting random victims with the intent to kill or injure as many as possible (e.g. firing into a crowd, shooting students in random classrooms and in the hallway).

***Anger over grade/suspension/discipline refers to a situation where the shooter primarily targeted teachers or school administrators as a result of poor grades, suspension, expulsion, or discipline measures. Also includes school employees who targeted other staff members after poor performance evaluation, suspension, or loss of employment

****Domestic with targeted victim describes a situation in which the shooter had a romantic/familial relationship with the victim or the victim was in a romantic relationship with a former lover of the shooter.

The source defines a school shooting as every time a gun is brandished, fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason, regardless of the number of victims (including zero), time, day or the week, or reason, including gang shootings, domestic violence, shootings at sports games and after hours school events, suicides, fights that escalate into shootings, and accidents.

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