Black Homicide Victimization in the United States

United States

There were 7,441 Black homicide victims in the United States in 2019.
The homicide rate among Black victims in the United States was 18.08 per 100,000 in 2019.

Five hundred forty-six homicide victims (7 percent) were less than 18 years old and 153 victims (2 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 31 years old.

Out of 7,441 homicide victims, 6,454 were male, 986 were female, and 1 was of unknown sex.

Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 88 percent of victims (6,190 out of 7,056) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 64 percent (3,935 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 2,020 victims killed with firearms, type not stated. There were 493 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 193 victims killed by bodily force, and 93 victims killed by a blunt object.

Victim/Offender Relationship
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 77 percent of victims (2,282 out of 2,954) were killed by someone they knew. Six hundred seventy-two victims were killed by strangers.

For homicides in which the circumstances could be identified, 70 percent (2,856 out of 4,102) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 56 percent (1,591 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and the offender.

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