Oakland 3rd in nation for youth firearm murder rate
Four years ago, Oakland preteens and teens were statistically more likely to die in a firearm homicide than kids in nearly all other major U.S. cities.
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on firearm deaths in metropolitan areas [PDF] in 2006 and 2007, the most recent data available. Only New Orleans and St. Louis had higher rates of 10- to 19-year-olds killed by gunfire during those years.
Oakland’s overall homicide numbers have dropped in recent years, though it is unknown how this has changed the city’s rate of youth firearm homicides.
Above are the raw numbers* for the five highest annual rates of preteen and teen firearm murder in 2006 and 2007. Read more