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Active Shooter Incidents By Location

The FBI defines an Active Shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. Implicit in this definition is the shooter’s use of firearms. The consistency of these incidents as well as the continued rise in frequency of them supports the paramount need for training and exercises for not just law enforcement and other first responders, but also for citizens themselves.

The information on these pages is summarized from a variety of reputable sources, including FBI and law enforcement databases.  



  • Dayton entertainment district shooting ( Commerce )

    Connor Betts, 24, died during the attack, following a swift police response. He wore tactical gear including body armor and hearing protection, and had a high-capacity magazine capable of holding 100 rounds. Betts had a history of threatening behavior dating back to high school. Nine people lost their lives and 27 people were injured

    Commerce :: Aug 04, 2019 :: view detail
  • El Paso Walmart mass shooting ( Commerce )

    Patrick Crusius, 21, who was apprehended by police, posted a so-called manifesto online shortly before the attack espousing ideas of violent white nationalism and hatred of immigrants. 20 people lost their lives and over 2 dozen people were injured.

    Commerce :: Aug 03, 2019 :: view detail
  • Gilroy garlic festival shooting ( Commerce )

    Santino William LeGan, 19, fired indiscriminately into the crowd near a concert stage at the festival. He used an AK-47-style rifle, purchased legally in Nevada three weeks earlier. After apparently pausing to reload, he fired additional multiple rounds before police responding at the scene shot him to death. A witness described overhearing someone shout at LeGan, "Why are you doing this?" LeGan, who was dressed in camouflage, replied: “Because I'm really angry." The murdered victims included a 13-year-old girl, a man in his 20s, and six-year-old Stephen Romero.

    Commerce :: Jul 28, 2019 :: view detail
  • Virginia Beach Shooting ( Commerce )

     

    DeWayne Craddock, 40, a municipal city worker wielding handguns, a suppressor and high-capacity magazines, killed en masse inside a Virginia Beach muncipal building late in the day on a Friday, before dying in a prolonged gun battle with police. Craddock reportedly had submitted his resignation from his job that morning. He was a veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard, and "had a shaved head, bodybuilder’s physique and cameras in the windows of his house on a peaceful cul-de-sac," according to the Washington Post.

    Commerce :: Jun 20, 2019 :: view detail
  • Harry Pratt Co. warehouse shooting ( Commerce )

    Gary Martin, 45, went on a rampage inside the warehouse in response to being fired from his job and died soon thereafter in a shootout with police. Among his victims were five dead coworkers and five injured police officers. Martin had a felony record and lengthy history of domestic violence; he was able to obtain a gun despite having had his Illinois firearms ownership identification card revoked.

     

    Commerce :: Feb 15, 2019 :: view detail
  • Pennsylvania hotel bar ( Commerce )

    Jordan Witmer, 21, shot three people at a Ramada Hotel bar near Penn State University, including a former girlfriend he was there with. He then fled the bar, crashed his car about a mile away, and stormed into a random house, fatally shooting an elderly resident and then himself. Witmer, who had a legal carry permit for his handgun, had just finished a three-year stint in the US Army; ten days prior to the attack he had been convicted on drunk driving-related charges in Kentucky, where he'd been stationed.

    Commerce :: Jan 24, 2019 :: view detail
  • Sun Trust Bank ( Commerce )

    Zephen A. Xaver, 21, fatally shot five women inside a bank and then called the police to confess. He was armed with a handgun and wore a bulletproof vest. He reportedly ordered the women to lie down on the floor and shot them execution-style. After a standoff with police, he surrendered and was taken into custody. A week prior, Xaver had quit a job as a prison guard trainee, and authorities said they believed the shooting was "a random act" and that robbery did not appear to be a motive. An ex-girlfriend in Indiana told local media she'd been “scared for years” by Xaver’s talk of violence and death, but that her warnings to others (who she did not identify) were not taken seriously. She said she’d first met Xaver in a psychiatric hospital in 2013.

    Commerce :: Jan 23, 2019 :: view detail
  • Mercy Hospital ( Health Care )

    Juan Lopez, 32, reportedly confronted his former fiancé, ER doctor Tamara O'Neal, before shooting her and opening fire on others at the hospital, including a responding police officer, Samuel Jimenez, and a pharmacy employee, Dayna Less. Lopez was fatally shot by a responding SWAT officer.

    Health Care :: Nov 17, 2018 :: view detail
  • Thousand Oaks nightclub ( Commerce )

    Ian David Long, 28 Wearing dark clothing and a dark baseball cap, he used smoke bombs to start the carnage. He then went on to kill 12 people and injuring 22. “I remember looking back at one point to make sure he wasn’t behind me,” said Sarah DeSon, a 19-year-old college student

    Commerce :: Nov 07, 2018 :: view detail
  • Tree of Life Synagogue ( House Of Worship )

    Robert D. Bowers, 46 chanted anti-semetic slurs. He went into the synagogue on the Saturday morning of October 27, 2018, armed with an AR-15. He said to a Swat team officer “wanted all Jews to die,” Eleven people were killed and twenty two injured.

    House Of Worship :: Oct 27, 2018 :: view detail
  • Rite Aid Warehouse shooting ( Commerce )

    On September 20, 2018, 26-year old Snochia Moseley approached her place of employment in Perryman, MD, and opened fire. She shot and killed three and injured three before fatally injuring herself. This was the second active shooting incident in Maryland so far in 2018.

    Commerce :: Oct 09, 2018 :: view detail
  • T&T Trucking shooting ( Commerce )

    Javier Casarez, 54, went on a shooting spree on September 12, 2018. He murdered his wife and two former coworkers at the trucking company, including pursuing on man who tried to flee. He then drove to a private residence, where he murdered two more people. He carjacked a woman who was driving with her child; he let them go uninjured but took the car. He fatally shot himself when he was approached by law enforcement. 

    Commerce :: Oct 09, 2018 :: view detail
  • Fifth Third Center Shooting ( Commerce )

    Omar Enrique Santa Perez, 29, walked into the ground-floor lobby of a building in downtown Cincinnati shortly after 9am on September 6, 2018. He was armed with a 9mm pistol loaded with both standard and hollow-point ammunition. He opened fire, killing three and injuring two more. Police responded by 9:10am. Perez was fatally wounded in a shootout with law enforcement officers on the scene. 

    Commerce :: Oct 09, 2018 :: view detail
  • Capital Gazette Shooting ( Commerce )

    At 3pm on June 28, 2018, Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, used a shotgun to shoot through the glass doors of the newroom at the Capital Gazette building in Annapolis, MD. He shot and killed five people and injured two more before police found him hiding under a desk. He was arrested and apprehended. This incident is the third deadliest mass shooting in 2018 so far. 

    Commerce :: Oct 09, 2018 :: view detail
  • Santa Fe High School Shooting ( Education )

    Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student, entered Santa Fe High School armed with a  shotgun and .38 revolver that were both owned by his father. Before he was apprehended by police, Pagourtzis killed ten people—eight students and two teachers—and injured 13 more. The incident lasted 25 minutes form start to finish, and is the second-deadliest school shooting in US history.   

    Education :: Oct 09, 2018 :: view detail
  • American Waffle House ( Commerce )

    On April 22, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at an American Waffle House restaurant in the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee. Four victims were killed and two suffered gunshot wounds. Two others were injured by broken glass. The shooter, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, was rushed by an unarmed customer who took the weapon away, interrupting the shooting spree. The suspect, Travis Jeffrey Reinking, was captured on April 23, ending a 34-hour manhunt.

    Commerce :: Apr 22, 2018 :: view detail
  • YouTube Headquarters shooting, California ( Commerce )
    On April 3, 2018, 12:46 pm PDT, a shooting occurred at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, United States. The suspect, later identified as 39-year-old woman, Nasim Najafi Aghdam, armed with a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol, entered through an exterior parking garage and then approached an outdoor patio and opened fire. Three people sustained gunshot wounds (including one who sustained critical injuries); an additional person was injured while fleeing the building. Police reported that the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    Commerce :: Apr 03, 2018 :: view detail
  • Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Florida ( Education )
    On the afternoon of February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed and fourteen more were taken to hospitals, making it one of the world's deadliest school massacres. The suspected perpetrator, 19-year-old Nikolas Jacob Cruz, was identified by witnesses and arrested shortly afterward. He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
    Education :: Feb 14, 2018 :: view detail
  • Texas church shooting ( House Of Worship )
    On November 5, 2017, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley killed at least 26 churchgoers and injured 20 others at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the state's history.
    House Of Worship :: Nov 05, 2017 :: view detail
  • Las Vegas massacre, Nevada ( Open Space )

    On October 1, 2017, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on 22,000 people at a country music festival from his hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas strip. The attack, which left 58 people dead and more than 500 injured, marked the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

    Open Space :: Oct 01, 2017 :: view detail
  • Lincoln County shooting spree, Mississippi ( Open Space )
    On May 28, 2017, 35-year-old Willie Corey Godbolt went on a shooting spree overnight in rural Lincoln County Mississippi, killing a sheriff's deputy and seven other people in three separate locations.
    Open Space :: May 28, 2017 :: view detail
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport ( Government )

    Five people were killed and eight others were injured when 26-year-old Esteban Santiago opened fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on January 6, 2017. He flew from Alaska to Florida with a gun in a checked bag, which he used to carry out the massacre in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2.

    Government :: Jan 06, 2017 :: view detail
  • HEB Grocery Store, Texas ( Commerce )

    On November 28, 2016, at 3:15 a.m., Raul Lopez Saenz, 25, armed with a handgun, allegedly began shooting into the break room window of the HEB grocery store where he worked in Palmview, Texas. One person was killed; three were wounded. The shooter fled the scene and surrendered to law enforcement officers about an hour later.

    Commerce :: Nov 28, 2016 :: view detail
  • FreightCar America, Virginia ( Commerce )

    On October 25, 2016, at 6:00 a.m., Getachew Tereda Fekede, 53, armed with a handgun, began shooting inside his former place of employment, FreightCar America, in Roanoke, Virginia. One person was killed; three were wounded. The shooter committed suicide before law enforcement officers arrived.

    Commerce :: Oct 25, 2016 :: view detail
  • Townville Elementary School ( Education )
    On September 28, 2016, at 1:45 p.m., Jesse Dewitt Osborne, 14, armed with a handgun, allegedly began shooting at the Townville Elementary School playground in Townville, South Carolina. Prior to the shooting, the shooter killed his father at their home. Two people were killed, including one student; three were wounded, one teacher and two students. A volunteer firefighter with a valid firearms permit restrained the shooter until law enforcement officers arrived and apprehended him.
    Education :: Sep 28, 2016 :: view detail
Unless otherwise noted, all information is taken directly from the Federal Bureau of Investigation website.