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Table 3 Distribution of older adult homicide incident characteristics using the National Violent Death Reporting System Data from 2003 to 2017

From: Characteristics and patterns of older adult homicides in the United States

Incident Characteristics Total
(N = 5961)
N (%)
Firearm Homicides (n = 2579)
n (%)
Non-firearm Homicides (n = 3382)
n (%)
Prevalence Difference (95% CI)
Homicide-suicide 675 (11.3) 595 (23.1) 80 (2.4) 20.7 (19.0, 22.4)
Multiple victim incident 551 (9.2) 338 (13.1) 213 (6.3) 6.8 (5.3, 8.3)
Legal intervention death of perpetrator 33 (0.6) 21 (0.8) 12 (0.4) 0.4 (0.06, 0.9)
Intimate partner violence 1003 (16.8) 687 (26.6) 316 (9.3) 17.3 (15.3, 19.3)
Precipitated by argument 1590 (26.7) 594 (23.0) 996 (29.5) −6.5 (−8.7, −4.2)
Precipitated by another serious crime 1871 (31.4) 753 (29.2) 1118 (33.1) −3.9 (−6.2, −1.5)
Mercy killing 79 (1.3) 70 (2.7) 9 (0.3) 2.4 (1.8, 3.1)
Drug involvement 240 (4.0) 100 (3.9) 140 (4.1) −0.2 (−1.3, 0.7)
Led by Brawl 39 (0.7) 8 (0.3) 31 (0.9) −0.6 (−1.0, − 0.2)
Gang-related 46 (0.8) 39 (1.5) 7 (0.2) 1.3 (0.8, 1.8)
Precipitated by Jealousy 50 (0.8) 32 (1.2) 18 (0.5) 0.7 (0.2, 1.2)
Justifiable self-defense 54 (0.9) 41 (1.6) 13 (0.4) 1.2 (0.7, 1.7)
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