Gunfire kills at least 120 children across the US since Sandy Hook

A recent New York Daily News report counted at least 120 children, ages 12 and under, who have died from gunshot wounds across the United States since the Sandy Hook shooting incident: Guns killing children: An American epidemic

Police search for evidence after three teens were wounded in a shooting incident shortly before midnight Friday in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police search for evidence after three teens were wounded in a shooting incident earlier this month in Philadelphia. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Child gun deaths have shaken communities in Louisiana — and young people in Michigan say they need guns for protection.

At the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, we have tracked reports of dozens of children and teens who have been wounded or killed by gunfire across the US since our last update just a few weeks ago.

Alabama: Four-year-old child shot in Tuscaloosa identified
Arizona: 3-year-old boy hospitalized after being shot in stomach
California: 2 children injured shooting
Chicago: Two children, 5 and 7, among shooting victims
Georgia: Child shot, in recovery
Kentucky: 6-Year-Old Dies After Accidental Shooting
Louisiana: 2-year-old child shot; reported in critical condition
Louisiana: Two teens shot; one by the other, second by bystander
Maine: Baby hurt by bullet in Calais shooting, man dead
Memphis: 10-Year-Old Shot At Birthday Party
Memphis: 13-Year-Old Shot
Missouri: Three dead, including a 3-year-old, in south St. Louis
New Jersey: Shooting at birthday party leaves 17-year-old dead, four wounded
Ohio: 14-year-old girl shot; 15-year-old boy charged
Oklahoma: Teen shot in back
Philadelphia: Teens wounded by gunfire outside sweet sixteen party
Phoenix: Suspect shoots man, 2 children after argument over vomit
South Carolina: Suspect identified in shooting of 4-year-old
St. Louis: 9-Year-Old Dies After Being Shot In Head
Texas: 16-Year-Old Injured In Overnight Shooting
Virginia: Mother of 7-year-old killed by stray bullet has message for gunman

According to the Brady Campaign, gun violence takes a massive toll on American Children:

  • Nearly one in four American teens have witnessed a shooting.
  • An average of eight children and teens under the age of 20 are killed by guns every day.
  • American children die by guns 11 times as often as children in other high-income countries.
  • Youth (ages 0 to 19) in the most rural U.S. counties are as likely to die from a gunshot as those living in the most urban counties. Rural children die of more gun suicides and unintentional shooting deaths. Urban children die more often of gun homicides.
  • Firearm homicide is the second-leading cause of death (after motor vehicle crashes) for young people ages 1-19 in the U.S
  • In 2007, more pre-school-aged children (85) were killed by guns than police officers were killed in the line of duty.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project is an award-winning, independent, nonprofit journalism community striving to illuminate the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia — and to find solutions.

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