Firearm Injury Data Hub

The RISE Lab Firearm Injury Data Hub is intended to support research on urban firearm injuries, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. These data are de-identified and available for research purposes.

Suggested citation:

Jay J, Sadeghi A, Martin R, Patel M, Xie K. (2022). RISE Lab Firearm Injury Data Hub. Boston, MA: Boston University. Available at:

1. Gun Violence Archive bulk download data

Time period: 1/1/2015 – 4/30/2021

Coverage: national

Format: CSV, with X-Y coordinates in WGS84 projection system


"date"           "state"          "city_or_county" "address"        "n_killed"       "n_injured"     "incident_url"   "source_url"     "month"          "year"           "X"              "Y"  

Inclusion/exclusion: Excludes incidents with 0 injuries


These data were obtained through bulk queries (i.e. web scraping) in early 2021, with later months added as they became available. We geocoded each incident based on the address provided by GVA. Using these data for research is consistent with the GVA Mission Statement. Please cite the GVA in addition to the RISE Lab Firearm Injury Data Hub.

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As used in:

Martin R, Rajan S, Shareef F, et al. Racial Disparities in Child Exposure to Firearm Violence Before and During COVID-19. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Published online 2022:0-19. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2022.02.007


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2. Major city shootings victims data

As appears in: Analyzing child firearm victimization by race/ethnicity during the COVID-19 pandemic in 4 major U.S. cities, JAMA Network Open, 2023.

Shooting victims data from NYC, LA, CHI, PHI, 2015-2021. *Note that Chicago data only includes fatal shooting victims.* These data were downloaded from city open data portals, cleaned and standardized. Please contact us if you need information that has been removed (e.g. X-Y coordinates).

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Census data:

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