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Analysis: Most gun deaths in Colorado are suicides

Colorado gun deaths at a glance

■ Suicides accounted for 76 percent of the 6,258 deaths from guns during a 12-year span, 2000-11, while homicides comprised 20 percent. The rest were either accidental, legal shootings by law enforcement officers or unexplained.

■ Gun suicides disproportionately were committed by white residents, while homicide victims predominantly were minorities. White residents, 70 percent of the state’s population, accounted for 88 percent of the gun suicides. Blacks were victims in 21 percent of the homicides but only make up 4 percent of the population. Latinos were victims in 34 percent of homicides while constituting 21 percent of the population.

■ Gun death victims were overwhelmingly male — 85 percent of all deaths involving guns and 87 percent of suicides using guns.

■ Those older than 70 had the highest rate of overall deaths from guns, 18 for every 100,000, almost exclusively suicides. The 21-to-30 age group had the highest rate of homicides, about 5 for every 100,000.

■ Denver and El Paso counties had the highest number of overall deaths involving guns, 831 and 804 respectively, but their rates per 100,000 residents ranked them in the middle among the counties.

Source: I-News Network analysis of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data