Secret Service report on mass violence emphasizes prevention

July 9, 2019

By Robert Legare, CBS News

Arlington, Va. — The overwhelming majority of violent mass attacks in the U.S. last year were carried out by men using firearms, according to a new report by the Secret Service examining how communities can work to prevent future attacks.

In its yearlong study, researchers from the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center examined 27 violent attacks in public spaces like offices, schools, and places of worship across 18 states to identify “key information that will enhance efforts to prevent” future incidents of mass violence. The incidents examined included the Parkland school shooting, the killing of five journalists at the office of a Maryland newspaper and a deadly shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

Between January and December 2018, 91 people were killed and 107 more were injured as a result of the incidents outlined in the report. According to its findings, 24 of the 27 attacks were carried out using firearms and 93% of the attackers were male. Three of the attackers used vehicles to inflict harm.

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