Firearms: Crime

Home Department written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were victims of (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal shootings in each year between 1997 and 2006, broken down by ethnic group.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State, Home Office

The ethnicity of gun crime victims has been collected since April 2004 only. The number of shootings resulting in (a) fatal and (b) serious/slight injuries in 2004-05 and 2005-06, by ethnicity of victim, is provided in the following table:

Crimes recorded by the police in which weapons (including air weapons) were reported to have been fired and caused injury, England and Wales, 2004-05 and 2005-06
2004-05 2005-06
Victim ethnicity Fatal injury Serious( 1) or slight injury Fatal injury Serious( 1) or slight injury
Asian or Asian British 7 203 4 220
Black or Black British 25 334 19 351
Chinese or other 1 80 1 119
Mixed 0 83 1 79
White 40 3,569 18 2,952
Not recorded 5 342 7 265
Total 78 4,611 50 3,986
(1) A serious injury is one which necessitated detention in hospital or involved fractures, concussion, severe general shock, penetration by a bullet or multiple shot wounds. Note: These figures may not agree with those presented in the homicide chapter of "Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2005/06" (HOSB 02/07) because the homicide figures are compiled at a later date and take into account the results of court proceedings.

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