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Q: How does the type of weapon used vary with victim age in homicide cases?
A: Of the estimated 13,320 juvenile homicide victims between 2010 and 2019, half (51%) were killed by a firearm.

Weapons in juvenile homicides, 2010-2019

Weapon Age of victim Victim ages 0-17
0 to 17 0 to 5 6 to 11 12 to 14 15 to 17 Males Females
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Firearm 51% 13% 49% 73% 85% 59% 34%
Knife/blunt object 11% 12% 16% 11% 8% 9% 13%
Personal* 19% 42% 10% 3% 1% 16% 25%
Other/unknown 19% 34% 26% 13% 5% 15% 28%

Note: Detail may not total 100% due to rounding. * Personal includes hands, fists, or feet.

  • Between 2010 and 2019, more than 4 of every 5 (85%) victims ages 15 to 17 were killed with a firearm.
  • More than 4 of every 10 (42%) child homicide victims below age 6 were killed by offenders using personal weapons, such as their hands, fists, or feet.
  • Male homicide victims were more likely than female homicide victims to be killed with a firearm (59% vs 34%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02309.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on November 16, 2020.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C., Chamberlin, G. and Kang, W. (2020). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports. Available on-line at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802019 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.