125
gun deaths in the District of Columbia, including
17
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
93%
Homicides comprised the majority of gun deaths
<10%
Suicides comprised less than 10% of gun deaths
91%
of gun death victims were male
16th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

In 2018, 125 people in D.C. died by gun violence, an average of more than two people every week. Homicides were 93% of the gun deaths.

Number of deaths

Note: The CDC suppresses data in which fewer than 10 deaths are reported. Fewer than 10 firearm suicides were reported in D.C. in 2018, therefore these deaths are collapsed into the “other” category.

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 13.09

FIREARM HOMICIDES

116
firearm homicides in 2018, including
17
children and teens
1st
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

The majority of gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

The majority of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

<10
firearm suicides in 2018

Gun Deaths by Intent

Less than 10% of gun deaths were suicides from 2016 to 2018.

Suicide by Method

16% of suicides were by firearm between 2016 and 2018.
Note: Fewer than 10 firearm suicides were reported in D.C. in 2018, therefore data spanning the most recent three years (2016-2018) are used in order to display the above graphs.

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Additional Information

Notes

  • All rates listed are age-adjusted in order to allow for accurate comparisons between populations with different age distributions.
  • All data is from 2018, the most recent year of data available unless otherwise indicated.
  • Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, 1999-2018. Available: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.

Last updated September 2020