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Table 2 Distribution of older adult homicide perpetrator 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

Perpetrator Characteristicsa Total
(N = 5961)
N (%)
Firearm Homicides (n = 2579)
n (%)
Non-firearm Homicides (n = 3382)
n (%)
Prevalence Difference (95% CI)
Sex
Male 3833 (86.3) 1708 (88.7) 2125 (84.4) 4.3 (2.3, 6.3)
Female 610 (13.7) 217 (11.3) 393 (15.6) −4.3 (−6.3, −2.3)
Race/Ethnicity
White, non-Hispanic 2273 (46.1) 1105 (51.4) 1168 (42.0) 9.4 (6.6, 12.1)
Black, non-Hispanic 1138 (23.1) 471 (21.9) 667 (24.0) −2.1 (−4.4, 0.3)
Hispanic 188 (3.8) 60 (2.8) 128 (4.6) −1.8 (−2.9, 0.7)
All other raceb 1329 (27.0) 514 (23.9) 815 (29.3) −5.4 (−7.9, −3.0)
Age (years)
  < 18 122 (3.4) 54 (3.3) 68 (3.4) −0.1 (−1.2, 1.1)
18 to 59 2611 (71.9) 934 (57.8) 1677 (83.2) −25.4 (−28.3, − 22.4)
60 and above 898 (24.7) 627 (38.8) 271 (13.4) 25.4 (22.6, 28.2)
 Perpetrator was caregiver for victim 236 (5.1) 86 (4.2) 150 (5.7) −1.5 (−2.8, −0.3)
 Perpetrator mentally ill 418 (13.8) 116 (8.7) 301 (17.7) −8.9 (−11.3, −6.6)
  1. Columns may not always equal to 100% due to rounding
  2. a Missing Data: Sex (1518 [25.5%]), Race/Ethnicity (1033 [17.3%]), Age (2330 [39.1%]), Perpetrator was caregiver of victim (1289 [21.6%]), Perpetrator mentally ill (2928 [49.1%])
  3. b all other race includes American Indian/Alaska Native (non-Hispanic), Asian/Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic), two or more races (non-Hispanic), other/unspecified (non-Hispanic)