National Gunfire Trends

A Comparison of 2021 and 2020 to 2019

ShotSpotter has been tracking gunfire trends in response to the global pandemic followed by civil unrest in the US after the killing of George Floyd. The graph above shows gunfire per square mile per week across all ShotSpotter coverage areas in the US. Each colored line represents a year. In 2020 gunfire appeared to trend upward relative to 2019 as the shelter-in-place orders for COVID-19 took effect in mid-March and then spike after the protests began. These unprecedented events appeared to have fueled a more than 40% increase in gunfire rates overall in 2020 relative to 2019. Rates appear to be coming down from their 2020 highs in the first part of 2021.