2021 Year End Gun Violence Data Report Released by King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Visit kingcounty.gov/gunviolencedata for more information.
Watch the media availability on the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRq5AicoTns
  • The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office data analysis shows that shootings are up county-wide.
  • Our Crime Strategies Unit collects information from the 39 law enforcement agencies and puts together the data map.
  • We do that work to make public health, informed decisions about how and where to work with communities to reduce gun violence.
  • The major takeaway is that the number of shots fired incidents (1405 total) increased in 2021 (54% increase) compared to the four year average of 2017–2020.
  • The number of overall shooting victims (460 total) increased in 2021 (70% increase) compared to the four year average of 2017–2020.
  • The number of fatal shooting victims (88 total) increased in 2021 (54% increase) compared to the four year average of 2017–2020. There were 17 more fatal shooting victims in 2021 compared to 2020.
  • The number of nonfatal shooting victims (372 total) also increased in 2021 (82% increase) compared to the four year average of 2017–2020. There were 102 more nonfatal shooting victims in 2021 compared to 2020
  • Gun violence continues to disproportionately impact people of color and particularly young Black men. Of the 460 shooting victims in 2021: 81% of the shooting victims (379 people) were people of color; early half (48% or 225 people) of all shooting victims were Black or African American; 85% of the shooting victims (390 people) were men, and; 28% of the shooting victims (133 people) were between 18–24.
  • These increases are not unique to King County. Nearly every major city, and many rural areas, have seen an increase in firearm violence since the start of 2020. There is no single explanation behind the increase, but the common explanations of the pandemic, the effects of shut down social services on individual and community health, and the prevalence of guns are all likely contributing factors. This article offers a pretty balanced take of this national phenomenon.
  • 2021: 63
  • 2020: 81
  • 2019: 54
  • 2021: 417
  • 2020: 490
  • 2019: 454
  • 2021: 1,164
  • 2020: 1,485
  • 2019: 1,573

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