The most common method of killing another person from 2010 through 2016 was by using a gun, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Knives or other tools that cut or pierced were the second most-common homicide method during that period, while the third most common was suffocation. Overall, gun murders accounted for nearly 70.5% of total homicides -- more than two-thirds -- for the period, CDC says, in a report.

All three methods of homicide were stable from 2010 through 2014. However, from 2104-2016, gun homicides increased 31%, from 11,008 shooting deaths in 2014 to 14,415 in 2016.