Getting shot isn’t random

This post reports an epidemiological study of 763 people injured or killed by gunfire in Seattle between 2010 and 2014. Compared to individuals hurt in crashes, gunshot victims (whether in a crime, accident, suicide, or by police) were more likely to have recent substance abuse, mental disorder, and arrest histories. Looking specifically at those shot by police, they were “seven times more likely to have a prior felony arrest; four times more likely to have a diagnosis involving alcohol and eleven times more likely to have one for cannabis abuse; seven times more likely to have clinical depression, anxiety or psychosis; and 22 times more likely to have a conduct disorder.”

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