Expanded Homicide Data Table 9

Murder Victims by Age
by Weapon, 2008
Age Total
murder
victims
Weapons
Firearms Knives or
cutting
instruments
Blunt
objects
(clubs,
hammers,
etc.)
Personal
weapons
(hands,
fists, feet,
etc.)1
Poison Explosives Fire Narcotics Strangulation Asphyxiation Other
weapon or
weapon
not stated2
Total 14,180 9,484 1,897 614 861 10 10 86 33 88 89 1,008
Percent distribution3 100.0 66.9 13.4 4.3 6.1 0.1 0.1 0.6 0.2 0.6 0.6 7.1
Under 184 1,494 747 119 73 294 1 0 18 8 5 29 200
Under 224 3,466 2,364 320 104 327 3 2 21 15 11 32 267
18 and over4 12,454 8,637 1,756 536 540 9 10 62 24 83 57 740
Infant (under 1) 221 3 6 15 123 0 0 0 1 2 15 56
1 to 4 338 41 9 37 139 0 0 10 3 1 9 89
5 to 8 70 30 8 5 8 0 0 3 1 1 1 13
9 to 12 73 42 10 3 6 1 0 2 0 0 3 6
13 to 16 452 363 43 9 13 0 0 2 1 1 0 20
17 to 19 1,336 1,096 127 20 24 2 1 1 7 3 2 53
20 to 24 2,428 1,955 283 37 43 0 2 8 5 10 9 76
25 to 29 2,136 1,665 243 49 52 1 1 5 2 13 7 98
30 to 34 1,610 1,195 212 35 65 0 1 3 1 7 0 91
35 to 39 1,204 849 166 54 47 1 0 6 1 6 2 72
40 to 44 1,019 625 184 62 47 1 0 7 4 5 6 78
45 to 49 971 543 187 71 67 0 0 8 1 9 4 81
50 to 54 687 361 124 47 62 1 3 7 2 7 6 67
55 to 59 488 232 100 45 48 1 0 5 0 4 5 48
60 to 64 288 150 49 30 26 1 1 3 2 3 3 20
65 to 69 203 81 47 30 17 0 1 1 0 6 3 17
70 to 74 144 54 29 19 18 0 0 2 1 5 2 14
75 and over 280 99 48 41 29 1 0 7 0 5 9 41
Unknown 232 100 22 5 27 0 0 6 1 0 3 68

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