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Archive for May 31st, 2022

DOJ to Investigate Police Response to Mass Shooting at Texas Elementary School

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department announced on Sunday that it would investigate law enforcement’s handling of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. 

“At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24,” the DOJ said in a statement.

The shooting claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers before law enforcement officers confronted the shooter and killed him. 

Police have faced widespread criticism over their failure to act promptly to stop the 18-year-old shooter, who had barricaded himself in a classroom full of children. 

More than an hour had passed before the shooter was killed.

FBI Reports 61 ‘Active Shooter’ Incidents in 2021, Highest on Record

Via FBI

By Steve Neavling

The U.S. had 61 “active shooter” incidents in 2021, a 52.5% jump from the previous year and the highest number on record, according to a new FBI report.

The shootings occurred in more than 30 states and resulted in 103 deaths and 140 injuries, which don’t include the shooter. Of those killed, two were law enforcement officers.  

In 2020, there were 40 “active shooter” incidents and 30 in both 2018 and 2019. 

The shooters ranged in age from 12 to 67. 

Of the 61 attackers, 30 were apprehended by law enforcement, 11 committed suicide, and 14 were killed by law enforcement.