Active Shooter

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  • DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY’S DEFINITION of “active shooter”:

“an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area”. More commonly, these offenders are referred to as rampage shooters or public mass shooters. According to the formal definition, their attacks must have

    • (a) involved a firearm,
    • (b) appeared to have struck random strangers or bystanders and not only specific targets, and
    • (c) not occurred solely in domestic settings or have been primarily gang-related, drive-by shootings, hostage-taking incidents, or robberies.

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/springer/vav/2016/00000031/00000002/art00001

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