NYPD releases report on active shooter incidents

Report intended to help building security staffs prevent, respond to active shooter attacks


The New York City Police Department this week released the findings of a new report on active shooter incidents to help the city’s building security community better prevent and respond to attacks.

The report entitled “Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation,” looked at 281 active shooter attacks that occurred between 1966 and 2001.

"Active shooter incidents are some of the most dynamic acts of violence that police and private security encounter. They are particularly important for NYPD Shield members to understand," New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said in a prepared statement.

Among some of the report’s findings include:

- 96 percent of active shooters are male.
- 98 percent of active shooter incidents are carried out by a single perpetrator.
- The average number of deaths in an active shooter attack is two. The average number of wounded victims is also two.
- 36 percent of active shooter attacks involve more than one weapon.
- 46 percent of active shooter incidents end with force from police, private security or other bystanders.
- 40 percent of active shooter attacks end with the suicide or attempted suicide of the perpetrator.
- 41 percent of attackers had a professional relationship with their closest victim, but less than one-third of active shooter attacks were committed by people who were no longer employed by the company at the time of the incident.

To help mitigate some of the risks posed by active shooters, the report recommends that organizations install CCTV systems that can be monitored from a central location; the utilization of shelter location within a facility that are equipped with communication devices and duress alarms; training of employees on how to react to an active shooter incident; and, the identification of multiple evacuation routes and practice evacuations.

Click here to read the full report.