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Prior social media posts and active shooters


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When we look at Active Shooter Events and why it happened, maybe we need to step back and ask what training we gave victims outside run, hide and fight. Plus what pre-shooter events were in place prior to the shooting and AND WHO DID WE TELL---- If you see Something Say Something!

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Prior social media posts and active shooters

  1. 1. PRIOR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS and ACTIVE SHOOTERS Are they telling you way in advance that events will (not if) take place and how can you prevent these tragic circumstances
  2. 2. Active Shooter Definition • Define Active Shooter / Workplace Violence – An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated place. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10-15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation – Not always limited to the “lone” shooter; multiple suspects may be involved – May be an immediate coworker, previous customer or a planned terrorist attack – Incident may be well planned with numerous methods and weaponry 2
  3. 3. Some Known Active Shooters Eric Harris & Dylan Kiebold Columbine High School Seung-Hui Cho Virginia Tech Dr Amy Bishop University of Alabama James Holmes Aurora, CO Adam Lanza Newtown, CT Jared Lee Loughner Tucson, AZ
  4. 4. Local Active Shooters Frank Garcia Lakeside Hospital and Canandaigua William Spengler Webster NY
  5. 5. Active Shooter Options What can you do to protect yourself from an active shooter? There are four options to consider: Get Out Call Out Hide Out Take Out
  6. 6. So who did people tell Florida high school shooting: Suspected gunman bragged about guns and talked about killing animals, students say. And as a troubled teenager who threatened and harassed peers, talked about killing animals, posed with guns in disturbing photos on social media, and bragged about target practice in his backyard with a pellet gun.
  7. 7. Even the school suspect and maybe knew Math teacher Jim Gard told the Miami Herald that before Wednesday’s fatal shooting of 17 people, Cruz may have been identified as a potential threat – Gard believes the school had sent out an email warning teachers that Cruz shouldn’t be allowed on campus with a backpack. • “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus,” Gard told the paper.
  8. 8. Why didn’t people call Jordan Jereb, a leader of the white supremacist group Republic of Florida, confirmed to the Associated Press that Cruz was a member. The group describes itself as a "white civil rights organization fighting for white identitarian politics" and seeking to create a "white ethnostate." Jereb also said that Cruz participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.
  9. 9. If you see something……say something…..
  10. 10. • A person acting intimidating, threatening or angry • Showing escalating panic or severe anxiety • Disconnecting from reality – bizarre or irrational behavior • Expressing despair or hopelessness • Planning/sharing about getting revenge If you see something……………..
  11. 11. He knew the plan and drills
  12. 12. Did the FBI know prior so they say • As for his online presence, one report to the FBI, the law enforcement source said, involved a message in which someone using Cruz's name posted a comment a YouTube video claiming a desire to be a professional shooter. Details about the second report weren't available. • YouTube video blogger Ben Bennight told CNN that he warned the FBI in September about the YouTube message. "Im going to be a professional school shooter," read the comment, left by a user with the name Nikolas Cruz. • Rob Lasky, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami division, acknowledged the report during a news conference in Parkland Thursday.
  13. 13. Who is tell WHOM and when! Dakota Mutchler, 17, recalled Cruz posting on Instagram about killing animals and said he had talked about doing target practice in his backyard with a pellet gun. • “He started going after one of my friends, threatening her, and I cut him off from there,” Mutchler said. • He said students weren’t surprised officials had identified Cruz as the shooter: “I think everyone had in their minds if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him.” Mutchler said. But Broward County School District Superintendent Robert Runcie said he did not know of any threats posed by Cruz to the school.
  14. 14. The advance to charge is plural Sandy Utah state gunman made threatening social media post before shooting • Police did confirm that officers were called June 3 around 2:34 a.m. and that Memorez reported Patterson was harassing her by telephone. Police contacted Patterson and asked him to stop making contact, and police say he complied with that request. • On Monday, Patterson’s posts appear to grow angry. On Instagram he posted a picture of "Billy the Puppet" from the "Saw" movies with the caption "Let the Games Begin."
  15. 15. Texas church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley Domestic violence. Sexual assault accusations. Animal cruelty. Escape from a mental health facility. Threatening text messages. An obsession with guns and mass shootings. • The signs may seem obvious now, though psychiatrists caution against what they call hindsight bias. • But in the moment, none of it prevented Kelley from buying the semi-automatic rifle he used to kill 25 people and an unborn child at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
  16. 16. What they say and how they say it! • Several cryptic posts were made to a Facebook account belonging to Samson just an hour before the shooting. • The first post of the day is several photos of Samson flexing his muscles with the caption "Unrestricted Paroxysm." Paroxysm is a sudden attack or violent expression of emotion. • The next post read, "You are more than what they told us." Shortly after Samson writes, "Become the creator instead of what's created. Whatever you say, goes." • The final post said, "Everything you've ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real & vice versa."
  17. 17. When the parents know Mother returned gunman’s weapons, issued warnings just months before fatal Douglas County shootout • Susan Riehl took her son’s guns after he was hospitalized in 2014. usan Riehl knew her son was mentally ill, was off his medications and could be dangerous, so she took a reasonable precaution: She confiscated his many guns. • But just months before Matthew Riehl opened fire on Douglas County sheriff’s deputies at his Highlands Ranch apartment, killing one officer and wounding six other people on Dec. 31, his mother reluctantly returned the weapons because he threatened to sue her if she didn’t.
  18. 18. Colorado Gunman Univ. of Wyo. Warned of Colo. Gunman Months Before Deadly Shooting • The University of Wyoming sent out an email after the former student posted “rambling, nonsensical” messages on Facebook that mentioned the school.
  19. 19. Known to Police • “He has made it known in some of these postings that he is no friend of the Law School,” read the email. • The email also included photos of Riehl and his car and told students and staff to call police if they spotted Riehl or his vehicle on or near campus, reports NY Daily News. The posts also prompted increased security on campus, including added patrols. • University of Wyoming Police Chief Mike Samp says Riehl was a suspect in a harassment case at the school back in 2008 but no charges were recommended. • Riel was previously known to Douglas County sheriff’s deputies for posting rants on YouTube targeted at Spurlock and other local law enforcement officers.
  20. 20. Indicators of Potential Workplace Violence by Employees, Clients, & Others • Increased drug or alcohol use • Increased unexplained absenteeism • Decreased attention to appearance & hygiene • Depression/Withdrawal • Resistance/overreaction to policy changes • Repeated policy violations • Increased severe mood swings • Unstable emotional responses. • Explosive unprovoked outbursts • Suicidal comments; Desire “to put things in order” • Paranoid type behavior. “Everyone is against me” • Increased talk of problems at home • Domestic problems escalating into the workplace. • Severe financial problems • Talk of past incidents of violence • Empathy with individuals who commit violent acts. • Increased interest in firearms and other weapons.
  21. 21. Stages in Social Media and the Event Fantasy Stage During this stage the shooter has daydreams of the shooting. He fantasizes about the news coverage. He idolizes other shooters. He might draw pictures of the event and make Web postings. Would-be Active Shooters in the Fantasy Stage will often discuss their desires with friends and foes alike. If news of these fantasies are shared with you, believe them and pass them on to law enforcement. If police can intervene prior to the suspect acting on their fantasy there may never be a head line.
  22. 22. A written plan Planning Stage The suspect is deciding on the "who, what, when, where and how" of his day of infamy. He will put his plans down in writing. He will quite often discuss these plans with others and sometimes seek out an accomplice. He will plan the time and location to ensure the most victims, or in some cases to target specific victims. He will determine the weapons he will need and where he will get them. He will decide how to travel to the target area and how to dress to conceal his weapons without arousing suspicion.
  23. 23. Prep it is never spare of the moment Preparation Stage The suspect may be obtaining gunpowder for his improvised explosive devices. He might break into grandfather’s house to steal some weapons and ammunition for the event. He might stockpile or pre-position weapons and explosives for the assault. He might train with the weapons by shooting regularly and testing explosive devices. He might conduct surveillance of the target location. Active Shooters have been known to call friends and tell them not to go to school or work on the scheduled day of the attack in an effort to keep them out of the line of fire.
  24. 24. Approach and Action Approach Stage This is a very dangerous stage. The suspect has made his plans and decided to act. He will be walking, driving, or riding toward his intended target, armed with his tools of death.
  25. 25. Historical Perspectives • Spill-over crime – suspect flees onto campus from off-campus incident • Workplace violence – Disgruntled employee or estranged husband/boyfriend – Middle aged Caucasian man – Poor social skills – Recent personnel action – Gun collector, hunter • Early school shootings – Student – Misfit – Difficulty coping with losses and failures – Bullied or teased – Vendetta
  26. 26. Your Response • Un-securing the area • The shooter will not stop until his/her objectives have been met, unless engaged by law enforcement • Consider the risk exposure created by opening the door • Attempts to rescue people should only be made if that can be done without further endangering the persons inside a secured area • The shooter may bang on the door and yell for help to entice you to open the door • Remember the safety of the masses versus the safety of a few • If there is any doubt to the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area needs to remain secured
  27. 27. Closing Statement • We can no longer predict the origin of the next threat • Assailants in some recent incidents across the country were not students or employees • There were no obvious specific targets and the victims were unaware they were targets, until attacked