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VIOLENCE: Top 5 reasons why guns are fired in hospitals

These data were compiled based on reports of firearm discharges in hospitals over a 10-year period ending in December 2016.  During this time, a total of 416 firearm discharges occurred, killing 279 people.  A tendency for larger hospitals to have more frequent firearm discharges was observed.

Top 5 Motives for Firearm Discharge

  • 30 percent (suicide)
  • 15 percent (while violating another law)
  • 10 percent (domestic – family dispute)
  • 10 percent (related to care of patient who is a prisoner)
  •   6 percent (accidental)

Elderly people (over 70 years old) are disproportionately likely to be in this offender group.

Source: Aumack, T., York, T., and Eyestone, K. (2017). Firearm discharges in hospitals: An examination of data from 2006-2016. Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, 33(1), 1-8.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://www.iahss.org/?page=Journal  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050 rc@aha.org

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