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An Examination of the Individual and Contextual Characteristics Associated with Active Shooter Events
Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology (2015)
  • Kyle Gamache, Community College of Rhode Island
Abstract
In recent years, the US has experienced a substantial number of mass shooting incidents. This type of shooting incident has been termed “active shooter event” and encompasses shootings that occur in school settings as well as public settings and workplace venues. Much of the recent published literature addressing active shooter events appears to focus on tactical issues, such as training for and responding to this type of incident. Very little research, however, has examined the individual and contextual characteristics associated with active shooter events. In the current study we examine a number of factors related to 88 active shooting events involving 92 perpetrators. Our findings indicate a history of psychological and behavioral issues reported in more than 50% of the active shooters studied. In addition, 60% of shooters had evidence of additional stressors beyond those associated with psychological and behavioral issues. These findings highlight the need to continue to explore potential risk factors associated with this form of violence.
Keywords
  • Active Shooter,
  • Risk Assessment,
  • School Shooting
Publication Date
Spring May, 2015
Citation Information
Gamache, K. Platania, J., Zaitchik, M. "An Examination of the Individual and Contextual Characteristics Associated with Active Shooter Events" Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology 7 (2015): 1-20.