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Murder Victims: Types of Weapon Used, 2004

Type of weapon Total no.
victims
Percent
distribution1
Firearms 9,326 66.0%
Knives or cutting instruments 1,866 13.2
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 663 4.7
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.)2 933 6.6
Poison 11 0.1
Explosives 1 (3)
Fire 114 0.8%
Narcotics 76 0.5
Strangulation 155 1.1
Asphyxiation 105 0.7
Other weapon or not stated4 871 6.2
Total 14,121 100.0
1. Because of rounding, percentages may not add up to 100.
2. Pushed is included in personal weapons.
3. Less than one-tenth of 1%.
4. Includes drowning.
Source: Crime in the United States, 2004, FBI, Uniform Crime Reports.

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