ACTIVE SHOOTER. Active Shooter Defined. An active shooter incident is when one or more subjects participate in a shooting spree, random or systematic with intent to continuously harm others (U.S. Army M.P. School)
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An active shooter incident is when one or more subjects participate in a shooting spree, random or systematic with intent to continuously harm others (U.S. Army M.P. School)
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area (FBI).
May be a current or former employee associated with the government, i.e. active duty military, government contractor or one of their family members.
An Active shooter can also be an individual not directly associated with the organization, but gains access to the installation, stand alone facility or unit.
Washington Navy Yard
Tucson Political Rally
Colorado Movie Theater
The event is unpredictable and evolves rapidly
Victims are generally targets of opportunity
Military Police or Civil/Federal Law enforcement, in some capacity, is typically required to end an Active Shooter incident (Apprehension, Armed Confrontation, “Suicide by Cop”..etc)
Indicators of potential violent behavior may include one or more of the following (Not all inclusive)
Increased use of drugs/alcohol
Unexplained increase in absenteeism or vague physical complaints
Depression or withdrawal
Increased severe mood swings and noticeably unstable or emotional responses
Increasingly talks about personal problems or problems at home
Increase in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms, and other dangerous weapons or violent crimes
Do these look familiar?
January 16, 2002: Peter Odighizuwa opened fire on the campus of the Appalachian School of law, killing the dean, a student and a professor, and wounding three other people. Reports state that Odighizuwa, a graduate student, was angry over recently being dismissed from the school (3 dead; 3 wounded).
October 2 2002: John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo opened fire on random targets during a three-week sniper rampage along Interstate 95 around the Virginia and Washington, D.C. Metro area (10 dead; 3 wounded).
April 16, 2007: Seung-Hui Cho, a Virginia Polytechnic Institute student, opened fire inside a university dormitory and in several classrooms, killing 32 people and wounding 20 others. He committed suicide after the attack. Reports state that Cho had a history of mental and behavioral problems (32 dead; 20 wounded).
April 26, 2009: Odane Greg Maye opened fire at a Hampton University dormitory, wounding a pizza delivery man and the dormitory manager. Before the shooting began, Maye, a former student at Hampton University, parked his car off campus to avoid a vehicle checkpoint. He then attempted to commit suicide (0 dead; 2 wounded).
March 4, 2010: John Bedell opened fire on Pentagon police officers after an officer asked him for his credentials at the security checkpoint of the Pentagon’s main entrance. Three guards returned fire and fatally wounded the gunman (0 dead; 2 wounded).