Mass Shooting Deaths Still on the Rise

Study Shows Three-Fold Increase since 2000

The killing of two high school students in Washington this week is the continuation of a trend the FBI has seen over the last 14 years—a three-fold rise in the number of mass shootings in the United States. The report found 160 mass shootings between 2000 and 2013, but more than 70% of the mass shootings occurred during the last half of the study. FBI officials found that more than two-thirds of the attacks took place in a school or in the workplace, and that, in almost half of the mass killings, at least three people died.

According to behavioral experts, the perpetrators generally fall into two categories: individuals who felt picked on, belittled or mistreated; and those who sought attention. Most psychologists believe that such persons can be identified before they engage in deadly action, often by students, teachers, co-workers or others. FBI officials say that they are contacted on a regular basis by local authorities seeking assistance with the evaluation of potential threats.

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