An FBI report on Active Shooter incidents covering cases in 2016 and 2017 amplifies the significance of what occurred in Tumwater, Washington Sunday when at least two armed citizens intervened in a wild shooting and carjacking spree, bringing it to a quick stop.
One of the two citizens fatally shot the gunman, identified as 44-year-old McCleary resident Tim O. Day. As yet, no motive for his bizarre behavior has been established. But what is known is that the incident began with his erratic driving along one highway, and then at least three attempted carjackings, the shooting of one motorist who remains in critical condition, and shots fired inside a Walmart store.
By no small coincidence, with gun control being in the spotlight nationally, and in Washington where a gun control initiative is circulating in a frenzy to gather signatures, Fox News published a report that claims rival CNN’s report about school shootings relied on “questionable statistics that stoke confusion regarding gun violence in America.”
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“The shooting massacre in February at a Florida high school has unleashed a plethora of what experts say are questionable statistics that stoke confusion regarding gun violence in America,” Fox reported.
But the FBI report on active shooters contains some statistics that appear solid. According to the document, over the past two years there have been 50 incidents in 21 states. They resulted in 943 casualties including 221 citizens and 13 police officers killed. Eleven shooters were killed by police and eight more were stopped by private citizens.
Twenty of these incidents met the “mass killing” definition, the FBI report said.
The conclusion contained a line that may seem surprising to some, but not so much to others.
“The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike,” the FBI observed.
Interestingly, no shootings occurred in the upper Midwest or Plains states, but six happened in Texas, five each occurred in California and Florida, four in Ohio and three each in Maryland and Washington state.
Meanwhile, Fox news quoted William B. Fairley, president of Analysis & Interference, who reportedly said that “most of the shootings on CNN’s list don’t approximate to what happened in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were murdered this year in a shooting rampage on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.”
The Washington citizen who fatally shot the Walmart gunman has remained anonymous so far. He has been hailed as a “hero” by witnesses.