Black Homicide Victimization in the United States


There were 569 Black homicide victims in Louisiana in 2020.
The homicide rate among Black victims in Louisiana was 36.45 per 100,000 in 2020.

Ranked 8th in the United States

Thirty-eight homicide victims (7 percent) were less than 18 years old and 16 victims (3 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 32 years old.

Out of 569 homicide victims, 500 were male and 69 were female.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 91 percent of victims (507 out of 556) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 41 percent (208 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 269 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 31 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 8 victims killed by bodily force, and 5 victims killed by a blunt object.

Victim/Offender Relationship
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 86 percent of victims (183 out of 214) were killed by someone they knew. Thirty-one victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 64 percent (175 out of 272) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 57 percent (100 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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