Expanded Homicide Data Table 11

Murder Circumstances
by Weapon, 2008
Circumstances Total
murder
victims
Total
firearms
Handguns Rifles Shotguns Other
guns or
type not
stated
Knives or
cutting
instruments
Blunt
objects
(clubs,
hammers,
etc.)
Personal
weapons
(hands,
fists, feet,
etc.)
Poison Pushed
or
thrown
out
window
Explosives Fire Narcotics Drowning Strangulation Asphyxiation Other
Total 14,180 9,484 6,755 375 444 1,910 1,897 614 857 10 4 10 86 33 15 88 89 993
Felony type total: 2,101 1,560 1,152 65 70 273 194 88 70 1 1 1 42 11 3 13 9 108
Rape 23 1 1 0 0 0 6 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4
Robbery 924 719 557 26 33 103 75 53 30 0 1 0 1 0 0 7 3 35
Burglary 87 60 40 4 9 7 11 5 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Larceny-theft 16 4 3 0 0 1 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
Motor vehicle theft 19 10 5 2 0 3 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Arson 26 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 22 0 0 0 0 0
Prostitution and commercialized vice 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Other sex offenses 11 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3
Narcotic drug laws 501 416 311 13 10 82 41 11 8 0 0 0 1 7 0 1 0 16
Gambling 10 10 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other—not specified 477 336 223 19 18 76 51 12 11 1 0 1 14 4 3 1 3 40
Suspected felony type 104 72 55 4 3 10 13 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 6
Other than felony type total: 6,975 4,243 3,153 195 257 638 1,202 336 602 5 3 8 25 15 11 43 53 429
Romantic triangle 104 59 41 5 6 7 31 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
Child killed by babysitter 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13
Brawl due to influence of alcohol 125 45 29 7 6 3 32 10 21 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 12
Brawl due to influence of narcotics 68 49 45 2 2 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 4
Argument over money or property 192 116 95 3 10 8 45 12 10 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4
Other arguments 3,558 2,106 1,492 90 161 363 818 177 249 0 1 2 10 1 1 21 23 149
Gangland killings 133 113 73 6 4 30 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Juvenile gang killings 711 664 594 16 7 47 32 6 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Institutional killings 15 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 3
Sniper attack 4 4 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other—not specified 2,014 1,087 782 65 61 179 224 112 282 4 2 6 9 8 9 14 26 231
Unknown 5,000 3,609 2,395 111 114 989 488 187 181 4 0 1 18 7 1 29 25 450

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