91 Kids Age 10 or Younger Shot to Death in 2012

'Washington Post' analysis finds total goes way beyond Newtown

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 13, 2013 2:05 PM CST

(Newser) – The 20 children shot to death inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last year account for only about a fifth of the young kids fatally shot in 2012, according to a Washington Post analysis. The survey finds that 91 children age 10 or younger were killed in deliberate shootings during the year. Of note:

  • Mental illness played a role in two-thirds of the cases (including Newtown), stray bullets killed 22, and drugs had some connection in six deaths.
  • Seventeen of the kids were killed by their mother and another 17 by their father.
  • More than half were killed in their own home or in the home of a relative.
  • The Post has a list of the young victims and more details in a graphic here.

A memorial last year after the shootings in Newtown, Conn.
A memorial last year after the shootings in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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