991
gun deaths in Louisiana, including
92
children and teens
(ages 0-19)
50%
Homicides comprised half of all gun deaths
47%
Suicides comprised nearly half of all gun deaths
85%
of gun death victims were male
5th
highest gun death rate in the country in 2018

GUN DEATHS BY INTENT, 2018

Nearly 1,000 people in Louisiana died by gun violence in 2018, an average of more than two people every day. Suicides were 47% of the gun deaths and homicides were 50%.

Number of deaths

County Variations

Age-adjusted gun death rate per 100,000

  • 11.68 to 18.88
  • 18.89 to 26.09
  • 26.10 to 33.30
  • 33.31 to 40.40
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

Among the counties in Louisiana, Orleans Parish had the highest gun death rate, followed by St. John the Baptist Parish and Evangeline Parish.

Conversely, Lincoln Parish had the lowest gun death rate, followed by Assumption Parish and Beauregard Parish.

FIREARM HOMICIDES

497
firearm homicides in 2018, including
67
children and teens
3rd
highest firearm homicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Half of all gun deaths were homicides in 2018.

Homicide by Method

The majority of homicides were committed with firearms in 2018.

FIREARM SUICIDES

467
firearm suicides in 2018, including
19
children and teens
21st
highest firearm suicide rate in the U.S.

Gun Deaths by Intent

Nearly half of all gun deaths were suicides in 2018.

Suicide by Method

Nearly 2/3 of suicides were by firearm in 2018.

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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