42 females were murdered by males in South Carolina in 1999
The homicide rate among females murdered by males in South Carolina was 2.09 per 100,000 in 1999
Ranked 5th in the United States
One female homicide victim (3 percent) was less than 18 years old, and 3 victims (8 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 37 years old.
Out of 42 female murder victims, 20 were black and 22 were white.
Most Common Weapons
For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 66 percent of female victims (27 out of 41) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 70 percent (19 victims) were killed with handguns. There were 6 females killed with a knife or other cutting instrument, 1 female killed by a blunt object, and 6 females killed by bodily force.
For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 95 percent of female victims (39 out of 41) were murdered by someone they knew. Two female victims were killed by a stranger. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 77 percent (30 victims) were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among the 30 female intimates murdered, 73 percent (22 victims) were killed with guns; 68 percent of these (15 victims) were shot and killed with handguns.
For homicides in which the circumstance could be identified, 89 percent (31 out of 35) were not related to the commission of any other felony. Of these, 87 percent (27 homicides) involved arguments between the victim and offender.