King County Sets Record For Gun Violence In 2021

SEATTLE (AP) – Authorities say 88 people were fatally shot and 372 were wounded by gunfire in King County last year, surpassing 2020’s previous record high of 69 firearm-related homicides and 268 shooting injuries.

The Seattle Times reports the King County Prosecutors Office’s on Monday released its 2021 year-end report for its Shots Fired Project, which counts fatal and injury shootings, shootings that result in property damage and those that don’t but can be confirmed through evidence such as shell casings.

Law-enforcement agencies across Washington’s most populous county reported 1,405 shots-fired incidents in 2021, up from 1,025 in 2020 and 858 the year before.

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