An incident resulting a greater number of fatalities is generally more severe than one with fewer.
The weapon used in a violent incident or planned for use in a violent plot indicates the intended scale of the violent act.
The level of harm the perpetrator aimed to cause, as alleged by law enforcement.
Target of incident
The type of target is recorded in incidents, such as whether it is a religious community, a racial or ethnic group, an LGBT individual or group, or the government.
Existence of co-perpetrators
Where applicable, any accused co-perpetrators or co-conspirators are recorded.