According to the most recent analysis from the Federal Bureau of Investigation detailing Active Shooter incidents in 2014 and 2015, there were 20 such incidents in each of the years. The information in the analysis was provided to advance available research and assist federal, state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement officers; other first responders; corporate leaders; and educators in their efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Active Shooter situations. The analysis showed a definite increase since a 2013 report, which detailed a 14-year study by the FBI.
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.