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Understanding active shooter warning signs

It will always be difficult to identify an active shooter, but if we can identify them there’s a chance for intervention

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In Today’s Tip, Gordon Graham discusses the importance of identifying active shooters early to prevent tragedies.

An FBI study revealed that 41% of active shooters were previously reported to law enforcement for concerning behavior. Most did not have a violent criminal background but had purchased firearms legally for their attacks. Many faced significant life stressors like job loss and had mental health issues such as depression. Often, these shooters displayed abusive behavior and shifted their anger from individuals to larger groups, increasing the risk of an attack.

Gordon emphasizes the need for law enforcement to recognize warning signs, take public reports seriously and encourage community vigilance to facilitate timely interventions.

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Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973. He spent nearly 10 years as a very active motorcycle officer while also attending Cal State Long Beach to achieve his teaching credential, USC to do his graduate work in Safety and Systems Management with an emphasis on Risk Management, and Western State University to obtain his law degree. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and also admitted to the California State Bar and immediately opened his law offices in Los Angeles.