For Immediate Release
National State-by-State Study of Drive-By Shootings Reveals Data on Victims, Time, Location
WASHINGTON - The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today
second edition of "Drive-By
a national analysis of drive-by shootings. The study, the most
analysis of its type, tallied news stories from the 50 states and the
of Columbia from July through December 2008 to identify data and trends
associated with drive-by shootings, including the number of incidents by
the number of victims killed and injured, as well as time of day and
location. Findings of the study (available at http://www.vpc.org/studies/
o During the six-month period covered in
733 drive-by shooting incidents were reported, claiming 154 lives and
led the nation in the number of drive-by shootings with 148 shootings,
40 and injuring 129. Following California were: Texas, 60 drive-by
shootings, killing six and injuring 52; Florida, 48 drive-by shootings,
10 and injuring 42; Illinois, 38 drive-by shootings, killing 18 and
53; and, Washington, 38 drive-by shootings, killing three and injuring
o Nearly one out of five (18 percent) of
or injured were under the age of 18.
o In nearly half (46 percent) of the
victims were at a residence (either indoors or outdoors).
o Seventeen percent of the incidents
at another vehicle.
o Forty percent of all drive-by shootings
between the hours of 7:00 PM and midnight. A third (33 percent) were
between midnight and 7:00 AM.
o Drive-by shootings peaked in the month of
then declined as the months turned colder.
VPC Executive Director and study co-author
Josh Sugarmann states, "Drive-by shooting
victims are frequently children or other innocent victims caught in
apparently intended for someone else. Our analysis represents the
floor as far as the number of drive-bys that occur each day. The actual
number of incidents and victims is most likely far higher"
Stating that "additional research on the
level collecting and analyzing data on drive-by shootings is necessary
identify effective prevention strategies," the VPC analysis offers the
o The feasibility of adding drive-by
shooting as a
category to the Uniform Crime Reports should be explored.
o Communities that experience a significant
drive-by shootings should consider establishing their own data
o Drive-by shootings are just one symptom
increasing lethality of firearms available to the general public. State
and federal policies should focus on limiting the caliber and capacity
firearms marketed to the general public.
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