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Book and Media Reviews
August 2, 2006

Gun Violence

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(5):589-594. doi:10.1001/jama.296.5.590

On April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colo, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, two Columbine High School seniors, shot and killed 15 persons including themselves in an attack at their school. An additional 28 persons were injured. The attackers used a variety of firearms, including sawed-off shotguns and a handgun. The case fatality ratio for the incident—the proportion of those injured who were killed—was 35%. On May 26, 2006, a knife-wielding German teenager stabbed 30 persons in an apparently alcohol-fueled “rampage” following an event marking the opening of Berlin's new railway station. Six persons were seriously hurt, and one required a life-saving operation. The case fatality ratio for the incident was 0%.