Expanded Homicide Data Table 11

Murder Circumstances
by Weapon, 2009
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 13,636 9,146 6,452 348 418 1,928 1,825 611 800 6 1 2 99 45 8 121 77 895
Felony type total: 2,020 1,452 1,037 52 60 303 200 103 76 1 0 0 45 11 0 20 16 96
Rape 24 0 0 0 0 0 8 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0
Robbery 849 632 497 27 17 91 72 68 32 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 34
Burglary 105 62 39 2 6 15 26 5 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 2
Larceny-theft 13 10 7 0 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor vehicle theft 23 8 3 0 2 3 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Arson 38 4 4 0 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 0 3
Prostitution and commercialized vice 6 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Other sex offenses 10 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
Narcotic drug laws 487 422 299 7 11 105 27 9 6 0 0 0 4 8 0 0 2 9
Gambling 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other–not specified 460 307 181 16 23 87 54 9 20 1 0 0 13 3 0 7 5 41
Suspected felony type 56 36 26 0 1 9 9 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4
Other than felony type total: 6,728 4,209 3,066 215 231 697 1,158 286 558 5 1 0 20 28 8 70 41 344
Romantic triangle 87 54 39 3 8 4 18 8 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
Child killed by babysitter 28 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7
Brawl due to influence of alcohol 116 47 38 2 1 6 33 9 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 5
Brawl due to influence of narcotics 93 67 53 5 1 8 8 4 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 4
Argument over money or property 203 118 89 10 9 10 43 10 17 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 2 5
Other arguments 3,334 1,989 1,418 94 119 358 746 147 233 3 1 0 6 3 1 38 15 152
Gangland killings 180 159 105 7 3 44 15 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Juvenile gang killings 715 665 547 20 16 82 28 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7
Institutional killings 10 1 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Sniper attack 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other–not specified 1,961 1,106 775 73 74 184 265 93 256 2 0 0 11 22 6 20 21 159
Unknown 4,832 3,449 2,323 81 126 919 458 218 165 0 0 2 34 5 0 30 20 451

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