Table 4
Methods used to commit homicide, Canada, 1998 to 2008

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Year Shooting Stabbing Beating Strangulation or
suffocation
Vehicle Fire (smoke inhalation, burns) Poisoning Shaken baby syndrome Other1 Unknown Total
number of victims percent number of victims percent number of victims percent number of victims percent number of victims percent number of victims percent number of victims percent number of victims percent number of victims percent number of victims percent number of victims percent
1998 151 27.1 186 33.3 125 22.4 61 10.9 3 0.5 12 2.2 6 1.1 6 1.1 2 0.4 6 1.1 558 100.0
1999 165 30.7 143 26.6 125 23.2 55 10.2 12 2.2 11 2.0 5 0.9 7 1.3 5 0.9 10 1.9 538 100.0
2000 184 33.7 149 27.3 129 23.6 40 7.3 13 2.4 5 0.9 4 0.7 12 2.2 2 0.4 8 1.5 546 100.0
2001 171 30.9 171 30.9 122 22.1 47 8.5 5 0.9 8 1.4 8 1.4 8 1.4 5 0.9 8 1.4 553 100.0
2002 152 26.1 182 31.3 126 21.6 67 11.5 7 1.2 9 1.5 3 0.5 8 1.4 6 1.0 22 3.8 582 100.0
2003 161 29.3 142 25.9 121 22.0 65 11.8 6 1.1 12 2.2 6 1.1 8 1.5 6 1.1 22 4.0 549 100.0
2004 173 27.7 205 32.9 137 22.0 63 10.1 6 1.0 13 2.1 8 1.3 5 0.8 1 0.2 13 2.1 624 100.0
2005 223 33.6 198 29.9 144 21.7 47 7.1 4 0.6 10 1.5 7 1.1 12 1.8 3 0.5 15 2.3 663 100.0
2006 190 31.4 210 34.7 119 19.6 48 7.9 9 1.5 12 2.0 1 0.2 3 0.5 1 0.2 13 2.1 606 100.0
2007r 188 31.6 190 32.0 117 19.7 50 8.4 15 2.5 4 0.7 0 0.0 2 0.3 2 0.3 26 4.4 594 100.0
2008 200 32.7 200 32.7 122 20.0 45 7.4 9 1.5 7 1.1 5 0.8 3 0.5 3 0.5 17 2.8 611 100.0
1. Other includes exposure/hypothermia, starvation/dehydration, and other methods.
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Homicide Survey.
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