2 Teens Injured in Shooting Outside Montana High School; At Least 41 Killed and 76 Injured at Schools in 2018
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Two teens suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot outside a Montana high school Sunday evening. The teens did not attend the school, school officials said, and the suspect has not been identified.
The shooting incident at Sentinel High School in Missoula unfolded at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday behind the gymnasium between the main school building and several outbuildings, principal Ted Fuller wrote in a letter to the school community. Students were playing basketball inside the gym at the time of the shooting. The students were escorted out of the gym through an alternate entrance and released to their parents.
There is no evidence indicating students or staff at the school were targets, Fuller said in the letter. Police recovered the firearm on campus and the suspect was identified as male.
In 2018, at least 41 people have been killed and 76 have been injured due to school shootings. Learn more about each incident with our interactive map:
This map includes school shootings that took place on campus where a person was injured or killed. Incidents resulting in injury are labeled blue, while incidents resulting in death are labeled red. The most recent incident is indicated with a larger icon. Click on the icons to see details about each incident.
Behind the numbers:
Nationally, nearly 1,300 children (17 years old and younger) die from gunshot wounds each year and 5,790 are treated for injuries, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. While unintentional firearm deaths and homicides of children have decreased in recent years, suicides have spiked.
Among child gun deaths between 2012 and 2014, 53 percent were homicides, 38 percent were suicides, and 6 percent were unintentional.
Less than 3 percent of youth homicides and less than 1 percent of youth suicides occur at school, according to a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics.
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