Category: Mass Shooting

San Jose Rail Yard Shooting

May 26, 2021: Early morning just after 6:30 am (PDT), authorities began receiving calls about shots being fired at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) facility in San Jose, California. “When law enforcement arrived on scene, multiple people had been shot in two separate buildings, the sheriff’s office said, and the shooting was ongoing” (abc7). When law enforcement made contact with gunman Samuel Cassidy, he committed suicide before authorities could fire their weapons. Cassidy had an open hatred of his job and workplace long before, and in 2016 was stopped by U.S. customs and border officers when he returned from a trip to the Philippians in possession of books on terrorism, fear, and manifestos, as well as a personal notebook with notes on his hatred for the VTA (abc news). Upon searching his home, investigators found Cassidy had stockpiled weapons including “12 guns, multiple cans of gasoline and suspected Molotov cocktails (NPR)” and 25,000 rounds of ammunition. It is the San Francisco Bay Area’s deadliest mass shooting. Impact: 9 fatalities Related Resources: Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines [Updated June 7, 2021] Ghost Guns, Stabilizing Braces, and Red Flag Laws: Overview of Recent Executive Actions on Firearms [April 23, 2021] ‘Mass Shootings’: Causes and Prevention Missing Link: How Do Gaps in Mental Healthcare Contribute to the Active Shooter Epidemic?   HSDL Featured Topic: Active Shooters HSDL search: Mass Shooting | Active Shooter

Boulder Supermarket Shooting

March 22, 2021: Shortly after 2:30 pm MDT, gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa entered the parking lot at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, and opened fire, killing four people before entering the store and continuing to shoot at employees and patrons, killing five more. Authorities began receiving calls at 2:33 pm and within two minutes, the first responding police officers arrived on the scene. Three officers entered the store shortly after arriving, and one officer, Eric Talley, was shot and killed by the gunman. Additional officers arrived on scene, and at 3:22 entered the store and exchanged gunfire, eventually striking Al-Issa in the thigh. He was arrested and has been charged with 115 counts including first-degree murder, attempted murder, first-degree assault, use of a high-capacity magazine, and violence (NYT). In total, 10 people were killed in his rampage. Only six days prior to the event, Al-Issa had legally purchased the pistol used in the shooting, passing the universal background check in place. He had no prior felonies but had a misdemeanor assault charge on his record (AP). As of June 26, 2012, no motive had yet been determined. Impact: 10 fatalities; 1 injured Related Resources: Domestic Mass Shooters: The Association with Unmedicated and Untreated Psychiatric Illness Monitoring the Unpredictable: What Can Law Enforcement Do to Track Potential Active Shooters? Prepare to Fight: Is the National Active-Shooter Response Model Due for an Upgrade? Firearm Background Checks Under H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 [March 4, 2021]   HSDL search: Mass…

Atlanta Spa Shootings

March 16, 2021: On the evening of March 16, 2021, a man opened fire in three separate spas in Atlanta, Georgia, killing eight people–six of whom were Asian women. This event coincided with an uptick of anti-Asian sentiments in the United States over the COVID-19 pandemic, however, there have been no charges of a hate crime. The perpetrator, 21-year-old Robert Long, had legally purchased a 9mm handgun only hours before the shooting. At approximately 5:54 pm, police received the first calls reporting a shooting at Young’s Asian Massage, where two people were fatally shot and three others were wounded; two of which would later die while in the hospital. Nearly an hour later and thirty miles away, police responded to reports of a robbery at Gold Massage Spa, where three women were found fatally shot. While police were responding to the incident at Gold Massage Spa, reports of another shooting came in from Aromatherapy Spa across the street. There they found another woman fatally shot. (CNN) Police were able to identify Long using surveillance footage from the spas and with help from Long’s parents. Authorities were able to locate him using the equipped tracking device on Long’s vehicle, 150 miles south of Atlanta at 8:30 pm. (Washington Post)  According to authorities, Long described the spas as “a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.” He had been a part of a program called HopeQuest aimed to treat sex and pornography addiction. (Washington Post) Long has been charged with eight…

Milwaukee Brewery Shooting

February 26, 2020:  At the  Molson Coors complex in Milwaukee,  51-year-old employee, Anthony Ferrill, opened fire on coworkers at around 2:00pm.  According to authorities, Ferrill  was armed with two handguns, one with a silencer (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). As of March 4, 2020 police have not provided a motive for the shootings, though Milwaukee Police Chief, Alfonso Morales, does not believe race nor racism played a part in the shooting (Washington Post). As of March 9, 2020, details of the shooting are still being investigated. Impact: Five fatalities, all employees at Molson Coors. Related Resources: On the Right Track: Worker-on-Worker Violence Prevention Mass Violence in America: Causes, Impacts and Solutions Manager/Supervisors Guide on How to Recognise the Potential for a Targeted Threat of Violence in the Workplace Ten Years of Mass Shootings in the United States: An Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund Analysis   HSDL Search Results for: Active Shooter HSDL Search Results for: Workplace Violence HSDL Featured Topic:  Active Shooters

Jersey City Shooting

December 10, 2019: At a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, NJ, two assailants opened fire, killing three people inside the market and wounding two officers in a shootout that lasted over an hour. Prior to arriving at the store, the assailants shot and killed a Jersey City police detective who had approached them at a nearby cemetery in regards to a investigation he was conducting; they had been driving in a U-Haul van connected with a murder the previous week. (NJ.com) Both assailants were shot and killed by police, and New Jersey Attorney General Grewal told reporters, “The evidence points toward acts of hate. I can confirm that we’re investigating this matter as potential acts of domestic terrorism fueled both by antisemitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs.” (Washington Post) Authorities later found more weapons in the U-Haul van, including a pipe bomb. Impact: Four fatalities (three civilians and one police officer); two officers injured. Related Resources: Deconstructing Mass Public Shootings: Exploring Opportunities for Intervention Domestic Terrorism: Some Considerations [August 12, 2019] Antisemitism on Campus: The Virus That Continues to Spread In the Name of Hate: Examining the Federal Government’s Role in Responding to Hate Crimes HSDL Search Results for: Active Shooter In Focus list on Hate and Antisemitism HSDL Featured Topic:  Active Shooters | Domestic Terrorism

West Texas Shooting

August 31, 2019: Around 3:13 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019, Texas Department of Public and Safety troopers attempted to pull over a vehicle for a minor traffic violation in Midland, Texas. The driver grabbed a rifle and began firing at the patrol car before heading towards Odessa. Along his route, the shooter, Seth Ator, opened fire on random bystanders and motorists. The gunman then hijacked a USPS mail carrier’s vehicle, continuing his shooting rampage until authorities forcefully ended the chase at a movie theater parking lot in Odessa, Texas. Officials say the gunman was earlier fired from his job with a trucking company, but that his behavior had already been erratic prior to his firing. So far, no motive has been established for the incident that left seven dead and 25 other injured. (CNN) Impact: 7 fatalities; 25 injured (as of September 2, 2019) Related Resources: Viewpoints in Homeland Defense and Security: Responding to High-Risk Active Shooters Federal Firearms Laws: Overview and Selected Legal Issues for the 116th Congress [March 25, 2019] Assault Weapons, Mass Shootings, and Options for Lawmakers Viewpoints in Homeland Defense and Security: Responding to High-Risk Active Shooters   HSDL Search Results for: Active Shooter HSDL Featured Topic:  Active Shooters

Dayton Shooting

August 4, 2019: Early on the morning of August 4, 2019 at approximately 1:09 am, a gunman opened fire on the popular nightlife Organ District in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The gunman, Connor Betts, was reported to be wearing body armor and carrying high-capacity magazines as he shot into the crowd. Within 30 seconds of the first shot, police officers arrived at the scene and killed the gunman. As of August 6, there is nothing conclusive as to a motive behind the mass shooting. Nine people, including the gunman’s sister, were killed, and 27 others injured. The FBI is working with local officials in the investigation to pinpoint a motive. (WMRA) (WLWT5) This incidents occurred only 13 hours after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas and just days after a shooting at the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival, which resulted in three fatalities. Impact: 9 fatalities; 27 injured Related Resources: Gun Violence Against Sexual and Gender Minorities in the United States: A Review of Research Findings and Needs Federal Firearms Laws: Overview and Selected Legal Issues for the 116th Congress [March 25, 2019] Assault Weapons, Mass Shootings, and Options for Lawmakers Viewpoints in Homeland Defense and Security: Responding to High-Risk Active Shooters   HSDL Search Results for: Active Shooter HSDL Featured Topic:  Active Shooters  

El Paso Shooting

August 3, 2019: On the morning of August 3, 2019 just before 10:40am in El Paso, Texas, a gunman, Patrick Crusius, opened fire at a Walmart Supercenter at Cielo Vista Mall.  Witnesses claim he began shooting at random before entering the “at capacity” store and continued his barrage.  Officials say Crusius drove 650 miles from Allen, Texas to commit the act, targeted at Mexican immigrants. Within six minutes of the first 9-1-1 call, police arrived at the scene. Crusius had driven to a nearby intersection where he got out of his car and surrendered without incident. The mass shooting resulted in 22 fatalities (as of 08/05/2019) and dozens wounded, and is being investigated as domestic terrorism and a hate crime. (TIME) (CNN) Impact: 22 fatalities; 26 injured (BBC) Related Resources: Gun Violence Against Sexual and Gender Minorities in the United States: A Review of Research Findings and Needs Federal Firearms Laws: Overview and Selected Legal Issues for the 116th Congress [March 25, 2019] Assault Weapons, Mass Shootings, and Options for Lawmakers Viewpoints in Homeland Defense and Security: Responding to High-Risk Active Shooters Serial No. 116-23: Confronting White Supremacy (Part I): The Consequences of Inaction, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, May 15, 2019   HSDL Search Results for: Active Shooter | Domestic Terrorism HSDL Featured Topic:  Active Shooters | Domestic Terrorism  

Virginia Beach Shooting

May 31, 2019: At a municipal center in Virginia Beach, VA, a disgruntled employee opened fire indiscriminately on all three floors of the operations building, carrying “two handguns and plenty of ammunition” in extended magazines, purchased legally (NYT).  The shooting was reported at 4:08 p.m., on the same day he had emailed in his resignation to superiors. Police arrived shortly after and began their search for the assailant. A gunfight ensued on the second floor of the building, leaving one officer shot and wounded. The gunman was shot by officers and critically injured, and later died. In total, twelve people were killed and five others were injured. A motive is yet unclear, and still under investigation, as officials say he was in good standing with employers, was not being forced to leave, but his employment was nearing the end.  (USA Today) (NYT) Impact: 12 fatalities (not including gunman) 5 non-fatal injuries Related Resources: Viewpoints in Homeland Defense and Security: Responding to High-Risk Active Shooters Workplace Violence & Active Shooter Prevention Study of the Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States Between 2000 and 2013 Managing the Threat of Workplace Violence HSDL Search Results for: Active Shooter |  Workplace Violence HSDL Featured Topic:  Active Shooters    

Aurora, Illinois Shooting

February 15, 2019: Not long after 13:00, Gary Montez Martin, a disgruntled former-employee of manufacturing company Henry Pratt, “opened fire during a meeting to terminate his employment at the company, authorities have said” (Chicago Tribune). The first emergency call was received at 13:24, and by 13:30, officers were moving into the building. Four officers were shot upon entering, and later a fifth would be shot, though no officers were killed. After an hour and a half and an exchange of gunfire, the gunman was shot and killed by police. Martin held a previous felony conviction of aggravated assault in 1995 in Mississippi. In 2014 he was issued a firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card in Illinois, and purchased a handgun. During a concealed-carry permit background check his felony was discovered and his application was rejected. Martin was told to voluntarily relinquish his firearm, however, he somehow maintained possession of the handgun. Authorities are investigating the reason his gun was not confiscated. (CNN)   Impact: 5 fatalities (not including gunman) 6 non-fatal injuries Related Resources: Viewpoints in Homeland Defense and Security: Responding to High-Risk Active Shooters Workplace Violence & Active Shooter Prevention Study of the Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States Between 2000 and 2013 Managing the Threat of Workplace Violence HSDL Search Results for: Active Shooter |  Workplace Violence HSDL Featured Topic:  Active Shooters