Expanded Homicide Data Table 9

Murder Victims by Age

by Weapon, 2012

Age Total
murder
victims
Weapons
Firearms Knives or
cutting
instruments
Blunt
objects
(clubs,
hammers,
etc.)
Personal
weapons
(hands, fists,
feet, etc.)1
Poison Explosives Fire Narcotics Strangulation Asphyxiation Other
weapon or
weapon
not stated2
Total 12,765 8,855 1,589 518 678 12 8 85 35 89 105 791
Percent distribution3 100.0 69.4 12.4 4.1 5.3 0.1 0.1 0.7 0.3 0.7 0.8 6.2
Under 184 1,101 563 84 54 193 5 0 19 14 10 26 133
Under 224 2,848 2,054 235 72 217 5 0 25 16 18 36 170
18 and over4 11,549 8,239 1,494 460 469 7 8 66 21 79 77 629
Infant (under 1) 144 6 3 16 66 3 0 1 3 0 9 37
1 to 4 261 37 15 29 97 1 0 6 8 3 10 55
5 to 8 96 51 8 2 15 1 0 4 0 2 3 10
9 to 12 65 29 10 3 6 0 0 4 0 2 2 9
13 to 16 326 265 29 2 8 0 0 4 3 2 0 13
17 to 19 1,001 871 82 7 8 0 0 3 0 4 6 20
20 to 24 2,362 1,955 233 35 42 0 0 6 6 9 11 65
25 to 29 1,912 1,534 200 31 42 0 0 3 2 8 9 83
30 to 34 1,484 1,143 165 30 55 0 1 6 4 11 3 66
35 to 39 1,101 813 130 33 43 0 2 6 0 9 7 58
40 to 44 943 608 162 43 53 0 0 3 1 4 6 63
45 to 49 775 450 130 62 50 1 2 5 5 10 6 54
50 to 54 743 400 140 58 61 0 1 10 1 8 9 55
55 to 59 517 265 100 36 44 1 1 5 1 7 7 50
60 to 64 308 144 58 42 20 0 0 5 0 4 3 32
65 to 69 224 96 46 30 13 0 0 4 0 3 4 28
70 to 74 117 45 23 14 10 0 0 3 1 0 2 19
75 and over 271 90 44 41 29 5 1 7 0 3 6 45
Unknown 115 53 11 4 16 0 0 0 0 0 2 29
  • 1 Pushed is included in personal weapons.
  • 2 Includes drowning.
  • 3 Because of rounding, the percentages may not add to 100.0.
  • 4 Does not include unknown ages.