At least three drive-by shootings occur each day in the U.S., suggests a new study by the Washington-based Violence Policy Center, which advocates more gun control. In “Drive-By America,” the first national compilation of such incidents, the center examined news stories from the last six months of 2006 and identified 549 incidents that resulted in 156 deaths and 465 people injured.
California led the nation, with 115 drive-by shootings, killing 51 and injuring 123. After California were Florida, Texas, Illinois, and Ohio. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of those killed or injured were under 18. In 55 percent of the incidents, the victims were at a residence (either indoors or outdoors); more than one out of five (22 percent) incidents involved shooting at another vehicle; 47 percent) of drive-by shootings occurred between the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight. Center director and study co-author Josh Sugarmann said the actual number of drive-by shootings is likely far higher than those cited in media reports.