First-Ever National State-by-State
Study of Drive-By Shootings Reveals Data on Victims, Time, Location
Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released Drive-By
America, a first-of-its kind national analysis of drive-by shootings.
The study tallied news stories from the 50 states and the District of
Columbia from July through December 2006 to identify data and trends associated
with drive-by shootings, including the number of incidents by state, the
number of victims killed and injured, as well as time of day and location.
Findings of the study include:
- During the six-month
period covered in the report, 549 drive-by shooting incidents were reported,
claiming 156 lives and injuring 465 individuals.
- California led
the nation in the number of drive-by shootings with 115 shootings, killing
51 and injuring 123. Following California were: Florida, 57 drive-by
shootings, killing 18 and injuring 47; Texas, 56 drive-by shootings,
killing seven and injuring 41; Illinois, 24 drive-by shootings, killing
11 and injuring 29; and, Ohio, 20 drive-by shootings, killing three
and injuring 20.
- Nearly a quarter
(23 percent) of those killed or injured were under the age of 18.
- In more than half
(55 percent) of the incidents, the victims were at a residence (either
indoors or outdoors);
- More than one out
of five (22 percent) incidents involved shooting at another vehicle;
- Nearly half (47
percent) of all drive-by shootings occurred between the hours of 7:00
PM and midnight. More than a quarter (27 percent) were between midnight
and 7:00 AM.
- Drive-by shootings
peaked in the month of July and continued to decline as the months turned
VPC Executive Director
and study co-author Josh Sugarmann states, �Drive-by gunfire is devastating
families and neighborhoods. The fact that the total number of drive-by
shootings that occur each day in America is most likely far higher than
our report found only adds to the despair.�
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Monday, July 30, 2007
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