Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Study: Florida No. 3 in drive-by shootings

Florida had the third-highest number of drive-by shootings during a six-month period in 2008, according to a recently reduced study.

The survey by the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center, which was based on news accounts of drive-by shootings from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2008, found there were 48 drive-by shootings in Florida in which someone was killed or injured. Only California (148) and Texas (60) had more.

In the Florida cases,  10 people were killed and and 42 were injured. The report did not break down the numbers by county or municipality.

Nationally, during the study period there were a total of 733 drive-by shootings, leaving 154 people dead and 631 people injured.

The study authors said they did Google searches to identify cases, so it is likely that the number of shootings was underreported. Still, the authors said theirs is the "most comprehensive analysis of its type."

You can read the report here.

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