Category Archives: Mass Shootings

Las Vegas First Responders Deal With Emotional Aftermath of Mass Shooting

The sickening thuds of bodies hitting the concrete, the sound of bullets whistling by, the blood — these are the memories from the Las Vegas mass shooting that Glen Simpson fears will be forever with him.

Simpson, an advanced emergency medical technician for Community Ambulance, was one of the 16 EMTs working alongside off-duty firefighters at the Oct. 1 country music festival when the shooting began.

For Simpson and many of the other first responders who rushed to the horrific scene, the nightmare is far from over.

“When I close my eyes, I’m paranoid,” Simpson told NBC News shortly after the Oct. 1 shooting. “It’s been difficult to sleep at night. And on top of processing what my team’s been going through, I have to process that one of my friends that I’d been texting the entire weekend was among the dead.”

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Minnesota researchers create mass shooting database | The Seattle …

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Twin Cities researchers are building a database of mass shooters with the goal of better understanding why mass shootings happen and identifying ways to prevent them.

Jillian Peterson, a Hamline University assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and James Densley, an associate professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University, are working on the project, Minnesota Public Radio reported .

The researchers are focusing on shootings that occurred in a public place and had four or more victims. The shootings are also not family or gang-related. They code shootings based on 50 different variables.

Peterson said they research shooters’ past trauma, their family, mental illness, relationships with other people and social media profiles.

While researchers are still in the process of compiling the database, Peterson said

Read more at: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/minnesota-researchers-create-mass-shooting-database/

Minnesota researchers create mass shooting database

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Twin Cities researchers are building a database of mass shooters with the goal of better understanding why mass shootings happen and identifying ways to prevent them.

Jillian Peterson, a Hamline University assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and James Densley, an associate professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University, are working on the project, Minnesota Public Radio reported .

The researchers are focusing on shootings that occurred in a public place and had four or more victims. The shootings are also not family or gang-related. They code shootings based on 50 different variables.

Peterson said they research shooters’ past trauma, their family, mental illness, relationships with other people and social media profiles.

While researchers are still in the process of compiling the database, Peterson said

Read more at: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/minnesota-researchers-create-mass-shooting-database/

Woman Who Survived Las Vegas Mass Shooting Loses Santa Rosa …

After attending the Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas and surviving the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a woman returned to California only to have her Santa Rosa home destroyed by a fast-moving wildfire one week later.

“Last Sunday, I was running from bullets,” 51-year-old Michella Flores told Bay Area television station KTVU. “This Sunday, I was running from fire.

Flores, a flight attendant who has also worked as a firefighter and a paramedic, said she was driving home to Santa Rosa when she saw glow of the fire on a hillside. She had been sharing the rental house with her parents while preparing to move to another part of the city.

She told KTVU she had her parents pack to-go bags just in case, and was able to give her dog Baylee a walk before she turned on a dispatch service she used to use as a

Read more at: http://ktla.com/2017/10/13/woman-survives-las-vegas-shooting-loses-home-in-wildfire-the-next-week/

Las Vegas police shift timeline again in concert massacre

LAS VEGAS — Nearly two weeks after the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, authorities are still sorting out the timeline of events before a high-stakes video poker player who killed 58 people from his high-rise hotel room in Las Vegas. 

What drove Stephen Paddock to open fire on the country music festival? Police and the FBI say they’re still at a loss to explain his motive.

Why did Paddock stop firing into the concert? Authorities do not know, but police apparently had not reached his Mandalay Bay hotel room by that point. 

When did he fire his first shots in his hotel room? Las Vegas police released new information about the case Friday after a week that has seen the shooting timeline change almost daily. 

Country Star Jason Aldean Resumes Tour After Mass Shooting – NBC 5 Dallas

Country star Jason Aldean brought the party back Thursday in his return to the stage following the deadly mass shooting that broke out while he was performing in Las Vegas, but the fun was tempered by the sting of the tragedy.

Three songs into his show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the singer launched into a five-minute speech that honored the 58 killed and nearly 500 hurt in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. But Aldean took a defiant tone in telling concertgoers to resist living in fear, and he called for more of the national unity he’s seen since the attack.

“These people are going to continue to try to hold us down,” Aldean said. “To those people that keep trying to do that, I say (expletive) you, we don’t really care.”

Fans agreed. They pumped their fists and held up American flags as Aldean continued.

Las Vegas

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What makes a mass shooting count as terrorism?

When we talk about terrorism, we’re talking about something that is an inherently political form of violence. With this most recent shooting, we do not know the shooter’s motive.

Regardless of that, we typically think of an act of terrorism as being part of a systematic campaign. Each act in itself sends a message and communicates the threat of another attack. We understand something about the meaning of the attack from the act itself — from the target, from the perpetrator, from the method used, from the place where the attack occurred. We infer the meaning of the action from those attributes.

“Terrorism is simply a method that’s used in the service of a cause.”

In most cases, there is an explicit claim by some organized entity that has substance — a leader, a name, a manifesto — with a wider sphere of recognition. For instance, if an attack can be linked to a group like Al Qaeda, we would

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