TABLE 1

Average Annual Fatal and Nonfatal Child Firearm Injuries and Rates by Sex, Age Group, Race, and Ethnicity: United States, 2012–2014

Fatal Firearm Injuries, N (%)Rate per 100 000a
AllbHomicideSuicidecUnintentionalAllbHomicideSuicideUnintentional
Total1297 (100.0)693 (100.0)493 (100.0)82 (100.0)1.760.941.480.11
Sex
 Boys1067 (82.3)550 (79.4)421 (85.4)69 (84.1)2.841.462.480.18
 Girls230 (17.7)143 (20.6)72 (14.6)13 (15.9)0.640.400.440.04
Age group
 0–12229 (17.7)150 (21.7)24c (4.8)50 (60.6)0.430.280.190.09
 13–171068 (82.3)543 (78.3)469 (95.1)32 (39.4)5.112.602.250.15
Race and ethnicityd
 White601 (46.3)141 (20.3)404 (81.9)45 (54.9)1.500.352.180.11
 African American457 (35.2)389 (56.1)31 (6.3)26 (31.7)4.103.490.620.23
 Hispanic204 (15.7)148 (21.4)41 (8.3)9 (11.0)1.150.830.550.05
 American Indian16 (1.2)7 (1.0)7 (1.4)2 (2.4)2.152.19
 Asian American15 (1.2)7 (1.0)8 (1.6)<1 (<1.0)0.390.180.44
Nonfatal Firearm Injuries, n (%)Rate per 100 000a
AlleAssaultSelf-harmUnintentionalAlleAssaultSelf-harmUnintentional
Total5790 (100.0)4102 (100.0)170 (100.0)1244 (100.0)7.865.5701.69
Sex
 Boys4850 (83.8)3464 (84.5)158 (92.9)1012 (81.3)12.899.2102.69
 Girls940 (16.2)637 (15.5)12 (7.1)233 (18.7)2.611.770
Age group
 0–12684 (11.8)279 (6.8)382 (30.7)1.300
 13–175106 (88.2)3823 (93.2)170 (100.0)862 (69.3)24.4518.3004.13
  • National Vital Statistics System (fatal firearm injuries), NEISS (nonfatal injuries). All estimated injuries reported represent annualized (average) numbers; hence, they may not sum to total because of rounding.

  • a Rates are considered unreliable when the rate is calculated with a numerator of 20 or fewer cases (for the 3 years 2012–2014). Unreliable rates are suppressed.

  • b In addition to the firearm-related deaths classified as homicide, suicide, and unintentional, the count for all firearm-related deaths includes those deaths classified as undetermined and legal intervention.

  • c Rates per 100 000 for firearm suicide deaths are calculated by using population estimates for persons 10 years of age and older. Suicide deaths in the 0 to 12-year-old age group therefore reflect only decedents aged 10 years and older. N = 2 children under the age of 10 who died by firearm suicide across all years represented.

  • d All race/ethnicity groups are non-Hispanic other than 'Hispanic,' which includes persons of any race with Hispanic ethnicity indicated.

  • e In addition to the nonfatal firearm injuries classified as assault, self-harm, and unintentional, the count for all nonfatal firearm injuries includes those injuries classified as undetermined and legal intervention.