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San Bernardino shooting not like other active shooter situations


A report compiled with data from the FBI shows some circumstances surrounding Wednesday’s San Bernardino shooting are rare.

The study, conducted by Texas State University along with the FBI, looked at active shooter situations in the U.S. from 2000-2013.

Researchers define active shooter as, in part, “both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event based upon their responses.”

They found 160 such cases on record in that time frame. In those cases, 486 people died and 557 were wounded.

Only twice was there more than one shooter, once in New York in 2011 and once in Oklahoma in 2012.

In Wednesday’s San Bernardino case, two shooters, one male and the other female, were killed after shots were fired at a social services building earlier that day.

Only six times since 2000 has an active shooter situation involved a female shooter.

There was one reported active shooter situation in 2000. That number steadily rose over the 13-year stretch and peaked with 26 incidents in 2010.

Almost half of all situations occurred in places of business, like malls or stores. Schools saw active shooter situations about 25 percent of the time.

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