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Workplace shootings in the U.S. by victim count, as of March 2021

The second-deadliest workplace shooting in the United States took place in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1986 at a United States post office. There were 15 fatalities and six injuries in this shooting, and the incident inspired the American phrase “going postal.”

Workplace shootings

A mass shooting in the United States is generally defined as an incident where four or more people were injured or killed, though this can vary by source. It is sometimes difficult to identify the cause of workplace killings (also called rampage killings), although many involved disgruntled workers and some involve perpetrators with mental health problems.

Mass shootings in the United States


The vast majority of mass shootings in the United States are perpetrated by male assailants, and only three shootings have been carried out by women since 1982. Additionally, most of the weapons used in mass shootings were acquired through legal means, with only 16 incidents involving illegally obtained weapons since 1982.

Number of victims of workplace shootings in the United States between 1982 and March 2021

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Source

Release date

March 2021

Region

United States

Survey time period

1982 to March 22, 2021

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