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Failure Event Statistics / Documented Active Shooter Incidents

June 27, 2012

The following Failure Event Statistics have been compiled from a number of notable sources including:

Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

 Corporate Security:

According to the Centers for Disease Control, citing Bureau of Labor statistics, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI):

  • (CFOI) reported 11,613 workplace homicide victims between 1992 and 2006.
  • 2009 (CFOI) statistics indicate that 12% of fatal work injuries were a result of homicide.
  • According to (CFOI) statistics, the “assaults and violent acts” category was the only type of event to see an increase in fatal work injuries from 2008 to 2009.

 According to Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • In 2008 there were 30 multiple-fatality workplace homicide incidents. On average, about two people died in each of these incidents.
  • A breakdown of the 2008 statistics shows that:

◦                      1. Shootings accounted for 80% of all homicides.
2. Co-workers and former co-workers were the assailants in 12% of the shootings.
3. Robbers were the assailants in 40% of the shootings.
4. Nearly half of the shootings occurred in public buildings, thereby endangering bystanders.

 According to NIOSH:

  • “Acts of violence such as physical assaults or threatening behaviors represent a significant health and safety risk to workers. The Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that around 1.7 million workers in the United States are the victims of workplace assaults, and that homicide is now the fourth leading cause of death while on the job.” (NIOSH).

According to the FBI report “Workplace Violence-Issues in Response,” “In general, the violent acts occur as workers are performing their normal tasks.”

 Recent Incidents:

  • Orlando, Florida -November 2009 – A suspect was arraigned on first-degree murder charges in the killing of one and the wounding of five others at a business where he once worked. 
- Former Employee
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico-July 2010 – Three were killed (including the shooter) and four others were wounded by a man who was angry over a custody dispute. 
- Domestic Dispute
  • St. Louis, Missouri-January 2010 – Four killed, 5 wounded -manufacturing plant 
- Current Employee
  • Kennesaw, Georgia-January 2010 – Two killed, two injured-truck rental office 
- Former Employee
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan-January 2011 – A woman destroys a towing office and assaults employees over a bill she received. Cost in damage was several thousand dollars. 
- Disgruntled Client

 School Security:

From Charles J. Whitman atop the University of Texas Tower, to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold marching into Columbine High School to Seung-Hui Cho chaining a lecture hall’s doors shut before opening fire at Virginia Tech, school shootings have provided some of the most memorably grim scenes of American life in recent decades (nytimes.com).

  • Eight percent of students in grades 9-12 reported being threatened or injured with a weapon, such as a gun, knife, or club, on school property in 2009.
  • In 2009, 31 percent of students in grades 9-12 reported they had been in a physical fight at least one time during the previous 12 months anywhere, and 11 percent said they had been in a fight on school property during the previous 12 months.
  • In 2008, students ages 12 to 18 were victims of about 1.2 million nonfatal crimes (theft plus violent crime) at school, compared to about 1 million nonfatal crimes away from school.
  • During the 2007-08 school year, 85 percent of public schools recorded that one or more incidents of crime had taken place at school, amounting to an estimated 2.0 million crimes. 
(Bureau of Justice Statistics)

According to the National Center for Education Statistics:

  • In 2008, data from the National Crime Victimization Survey showed that more crimes were committed against students ages 12 to 18 at school than away from school. Students ages 12 to 18 experienced about 1.2 million nonfatal crimes (theft-plus violent crime) at school, compared to about 1 million nonfatal crimes away from school.
  • 7.7% of students in grades 9-12 reported “being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property at least one time during the previous 12 months” -2009

Church Security:

Church Shootings
Frances Putnam
June 05, 2006

When the congregation of Wedgwood Baptist church, in Texas, sat down in preparation for evening services the night of Sept 15, 1999, quite likely the last thing running through anyone’s mind was that a man would enter the building and shoot at least 45 bullets from a nine-millimeter semi-automatic handgun inside the sanctuary before turning the weapon on himself.

Probably none of the 7 persons shot and killed thought to himself earlier that day, “Today is the last day of my earthly life.”

Most likely at least one of the 7 had some qualm, some tremor of unearthly premonition that something would go very wrong that day. If any did, they went to church in spite of it.

The transcript of a televised Bob Abernathy program from the time reads, in part, “As 150 young people celebrated to the pulse of a Christian rock band, Larry Ashbrook, a 47-year-old man dressed in black and smoking a cigarette walked into the back of the church and began shooting. Seven people were fatally wounded, and then the gunman shot himself” (Americanchronicle.com, June 5, 2006).

List of recent church shootings:

  • February 14, 2010-Richmond, California – New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ – three gunmen open fire during a service. Two members are wounded-the three gunmen flee the scene.
- (ABC Local News)
  • March 8, 2009-Maryville, Illinois-First Baptist Church – Pastor Fred Winters is killed by point-blank gunshot during a service-several members are injured while attempting to subdue the attacker. 
- (CBS News)
  • July 27, 2008-Knoxville, Tennessee-Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist – two people are killed, six wounded during a children’s musical.
- (CBS News)
  • December 9, 2007-Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado – 4 people are killed and at least three are wounded-at two different sites by the same gunman-the gunman is shot and ultimately kills himself.
- (DenverPost.com)
  • August 12, 2007-Neosho, Missouri-First Congregational Church – 3 people are killed, five others are wounded during a Sunday service. He holds 25-50 people hostage until hostage negotiators spoke with the gunman-police apprehended him.
- (CNN)
  • May 21, 2006-Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The Ministry of Jesus Christ Church – 4 are killed, 1 seriously wounded during a Sunday service; another is abducted and murdered elsewhere. 
- (CBS News)
  • February 26, 2006-Detroit, Michigan – Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church – 2 are killed during a Sunday service-the shooter later kills himself. 
- (USAToday).
  • March 14, 2005-Brookfield, Wisconsin – Living Church of God – During a Sunday service, 7 are killed + the shooter, 4 others are wounded.
- (CBS News)

Military Security:

Texas Insider Report: Washington D.C. – 
All military installation law enforcement personnel would receive Active Shooter Training under a bipartisan measure introduced in the House today by Congressman John Carter (R-TX31) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX).  The Military Active Shooter Training Act of 2011, HR 826, would require all military and civilian law enforcement personnel providing security on U.S. military installations to participate in Active Shooter training courses.  Carter, who represents the Fort Hood area, first introduced the proposal last year as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to ensure Department of Defense compliance with recommendations from the official review of the November 4, 2009 Fort Hood shootings that left 14 dead and 30 wounded (TexasInsider.org).

Thank you again for reading, come back often,

Christopher Grollnek

http://www.chrisgrollnek.com

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