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International Mass Shooting Fatalities Continue to Climb

From the five-year period of 2008-2012, there were 373 total spree shooting fatalities.

April 1, 2014

Between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013,there were 413 fatalities from mass shootings in the 34 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). From the five-year period of 2008-2012, there were 373 total spree shooting fatalities.

According to the OECD’s latest version of the Rampage Shooting Index, a pair of deadly shootings in Switzerland in early 2013 pushed the U.S. out of the top five OECD nations for the most per capita fatalities, but the U.S. continues to have the most rampage shooting deaths (one reason could be its size – The U.S. population accounts for 25 percent of the OECD total). However, the U.S. saw a drop in mass shooting deaths from 93 in 2012 to 68 in 2013.

Norway continues to hold the top spot for most mass shootings per capita averaged over five years, but all Norwegian fatalities are attributable to a single event – the 2011 Anders Breivik bombing and mass shooting, which claimed 77 lives.

According to the 2013 Active Shooter Report from regroup, just in January 2014 in the U.S., there were already at least seven shootings at schools and campuses, two shootings at hospitals and two active shooter events – one at a Maryland mall and the other at a supermarket in Indiana. These 11 incidents resulted in six deaths and 16 injured in just 31 days.

For more on active shooter attacks and best practice recommendations, please see this month’s Overseas & Secure column

To see the full infographic of international mass shooting fatalities please click here.