As Students Protest Gun Violence, Florida Student Injured in Campus Attack; At Least 31 Killed, 53 Hurt in School Shootings in 2018
A high school student sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being shot Friday at a high school in Ocala, Florida. The early-morning shooting occurred just hours before students across the country walked out of class to protest gun violence in schools.
The victim, a 17-year-old student at Forest High School, was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to his ankle. The suspected shooter is 19-year-old Sky Bouche, who, authorities say, brought a sawed-off shotgun into the school by concealing it inside a guitar case. He reportedly fired one round through a classroom door, injuring the student. Bouche was taken into custody by a school resource officer and faces several charges, including terrorism, aggravated assault, carrying a concealed firearm, and armed trespassing on school property.
Authorities say Bouche had planned an earlier shooting but decided to target the school to attract more media attention.
So far this year, at least 31 people have been killed and 53 have been injured in shootings at K-12 schools and universities. 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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