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After the Las Vegas Shooting, Concertgoers Became Medics

What the Las Vegas shooting showed, trauma experts said, is that nascent efforts to teach and encourage the public to help the wounded in mass casualty emergencies should be expanded.

“Time is the most critical factor,” said Dr. Eric Goralnick, medical director of emergency preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, one of several trauma centers that were much closer to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 than the closest hospitals happened to be in Las Vegas. “People would talk about the golden hour. Really, what we’re talking about is the golden minutes.”

Several national programs have been started to train more people to stop bleeding, to add to those who pick up knowledge in the military or in scouting programs and the like. But Dr. Goralnick and others are still exploring the most effective and lasting ways to turn

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/us/las-vegas-shooting-civilian-first-aid.html

Our shallow #YOLO philosophy is why nothing changes after a mass shooting

It is, amid all of it, what stuck with me, this little interview. From among the usual barrage of images, news clips, editorials and ricocheted soundbites that follow mass shootings, that macabre niche of news entertainment, the Goodman interview is what caught my thoughts. This old man with his vintage, sham-sage advice,  with his carpe diem and his #YOLO, with his damning decrees.

It stuck with me because Goodman’s advice belongs to that common nonsense that is also part of our problem, our philosophical, existential and even political problem as Americans. And the problem is our narcissistic shallowness and the consequent unwillingness to understand and to change.

Of course, there are more acute and symptomatic issues: gun reform, mental health and so on. These necessarily must be debated, better policies made and more programs offered. But there is something else that must be addressed. It’s harder to quantify, something almost spiritual underneath our poor debates

Read more at: https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/10/16/shallow-yolo-philosophy-nothing-changes-mass-shooting

Survivor of Las Vegas mass shooting loses home in CA wildfires: “Helpless feeling”

SANTA ROSA, California — As a former firefighter and paramedic, Michella Flores has seen her fair share of emergency situations. But over the past couple of weeks she became a victim herself, and began to see things from a different perspective. She hasn’t really slept in days.

Flores, who works as a flight attendant, was in Las Vegas on October 1, watching Jason Aldean perform at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when a gunman, perched in a suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, opened fire on the crowd, killing 58 and wounding hundreds.

Days later, after returning home to Santa Rosa, California, she and her parents were forced to flee their home and escape the wildfires that have devastated Northern California. The rental house is gone, along with all her parents’ belongings, Flores told CNN.

“It’s just a very helpless feeling,” she said of the past

Read more at: http://fox6now.com/2017/10/15/survivor-of-las-vegas-mass-shooting-loses-home-in-ca-wildfires-helpless-feeling/

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

Read more at: http://www.ctpost.com/news/crime/article/Minnesota-researchers-create-mass-shooting-12278127.php

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

Read more at: http://www.ctpost.com/news/crime/article/Minnesota-researchers-create-mass-shooting-12278127.php

Minnesota researchers create mass shooting database

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 she’s noticed two characteristics — hopelessness and a desire to achieve notoriety in life or in death.

But it’s difficult to predict mass shootings because many people who fit the profile never commit a shooting, Peterson said.

“The problem is that finding a mass

Read more at: http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Minnesota-researchers-create-mass-shooting-12278127.php

Survivor of Las Vegas Mass Shooting Dies Suddenly

Among the thousands of people who were fortunate enough to safely flee the scene of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on 1 October 2017, as a gunman poured bullets into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, was 28-year-old Kymberley Suchomel of Apple Valley, California.

Unfortunately, Ms. Suchomel’s respite was short-lived, as she passed away suddenly a week after that tragic event, from causes as yet unknown but quite possibly related to her existing medical conditions (compounded by the stress of her terrifying experience):

Suchomel, 28, who was not injured during [the] shooting, died early [October 9] at her Apple Valley home, according to her grandmother, Julie Norton, the co-founder of the High Desert Phoenix Foundation.

Norton found Suchomel just after 8:30 a.m. when she arrived to care for her 3-year-old great-granddaughter, Scarlett. She believes Suchomel may have died in her sleep

Read more at: http://www.snopes.com/2017/10/14/survivor-las-vegas-mass-shooting-dies-suddenly/

Survivor of Las Vegas Mass Shooting Dies Suddenly – Snopes.com

Among the thousands of people who were fortunate enough to safely flee the scene of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on 1 October 2017, as a gunman poured bullets into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, was 28-year-old Kymberley Suchomel of Apple Valley, California.

Unfortunately, Ms. Suchomel’s respite was short-lived, as she passed away suddenly a week after that tragic event, from causes as yet unknown but quite possibly related to her existing medical conditions (compounded by the stress of her terrifying experience):

Suchomel, 28, who was not injured during [the] shooting, died early [October 9] at her Apple Valley home, according to her grandmother, Julie Norton, the co-founder of the High Desert Phoenix Foundation.

Norton found Suchomel just after 8:30 a.m. when she arrived to care for her 3-year-old great-granddaughter, Scarlett. She believes Suchomel may have died in her sleep

Read more at: http://www.snopes.com/2017/10/14/survivor-las-vegas-mass-shooting-dies-suddenly/

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.”

Read more at: https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/las-vegas-first-responders-deal-emotional-aftermath-mass-shooting-n807656