ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS IN THE UNITED STATES In 2021
In two incidents,21 citizens engaged the shooter. In one incident citizens sustained injuries. • In one incident,22 seven employees exchanged multiple volleys of gunfire with the shooter, four of them during the final encounter resulting in the death of the shooter. Two people were killed (one customer and one employee) and two employees were wounded (one was shot in the arm and one in the leg). The shooter was killed at the scene by armed employees.
2021 witnessed an increase in incidents where citizen involvement impacted the engagement.23 In four incidents,24 citizens confronted the shooter, thereby resulting in the incident ending. • In one incident, two citizens confronted and tackled a shooter until law enforcement officers arrived.25 • In one incident, a teacher disarmed and detained the shooter (a student) until law enforcement arrived.26 • In one incident, an armed citizen shot and killed a gunman who had just ambushed a law enforcement officer.27 • In one incident, an armed employee shot and killed the shooter (an employee terminated earlier in the day).
On February 20, 2021, at approximately 2:50 p.m., an identified male, 27, armed with a handgun, began shooting inside the Jefferson Gun Outlet, Metairie, Louisiana. Two people were killed (one employee); two people were wounded (employees). The shooter was killed by armed citizens (employees) during an exchange of gunfire at the scene.
On May 15, 2021, at approximately 7:15 a.m., an identified male, 26, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, began shooting inside and outside the Three Corners Townhouses (apartment complex), Fort Smith, Arkansas. One person was killed. The shooter was killed at the scene by an armed citizen
On June 21, 2021, at approximately 1:30 p.m., an identified male, 59, armed with a shotgun, began shooting in Old Town Arvada, Arvada, Colorado. One person (law enforcement officer) was killed. The shooter was killed at the scene by an armed citizen.
On October 21, 2021, at approximately 1:20 p.m., an identified male, 61, armed with a handgun, began shooting inside Agrex Elevator, Superior, Nebraska. Two people were killed (employees); one person was wounded (employee). The shooter was killed at the scene by an armed citizen (employee) prior to arrival of law enforcement