Workplace Violence

N.Y. officials defend police response to massacre

BINGHAMTON, N.Y — Even if police officers had immediately entered the immigrant center where a gunman had just shot down 13 people, the victims' injuries were so severe that none would have survived, a county prosecutor said Sunday.

The shooting at the American Civic Association stopped shortly after the first 911 calls came in at 10:30 a.m. Friday, but police didn't enter the building until nearly 45 minutes later.

Letter said to be from NY killer forecast slayings

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) -- The man who opened fire in an immigrant center, killing 13 people before taking his own life, felt he was persecuted by police, couldn't accept his "poor life" and was intent on killing himself and at least two other people, according to a letter mailed to a television station the day of the massacre.

Experts: Loss, revenge often drive mass murders

Mass murderers are as different as their killing field - be it a nursing home or a suburban home - and as diverse as their reasons for killing - whether it's spousal betrayal or the loss of a job.

But experts say most people who embark on such wholesale slaughter share certain key characteristics: A catastrophic event that triggers a suicidal rage and an unquenchable thirst to get even.

Gunman at North Carolina nursing home kills eight

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire inside a nursing home in a small North Carolina town on Sunday, killing eight people, including elderly patients in wheelchairs, local authorities said.

A 45-year-old local man was arrested and faced eight counts of first-degree murder after the shooting at the retirement care home in Carthage, about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh.

Gunman blocks NY center's door, kills 13, self

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – A gunman barricaded the back door of a community center with his car and then opened fire on a room full of immigrants taking a citizenship class Friday, killing 13 people before apparently committing suicide, officials said.

Investigators said they had yet to establish a motive for the massacre, which was at least the fifth deadly mass shooting in the U.S. in the past month alone.

Alabama gunman kills 10, including wife and child of sheriff's deputy, in rampage

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SAMSON, Ala. — Authorities say an Alabama gunman who killed 10 people and himself in a rampage had once trained as a police officer.

Alabama Bureau of Investigation Chief Jerry Connor said at a news conference Wednesday that 28-year-old Michael McLendon briefly went through officer training in 2003, but didn't complete the requirements to join the force.

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Cambridge police arrest suspect in workplace shooting

CAMBRIDGE -- The co-workers had been arguing for months.

It wasn't clear what the two were fighting about, but today Clyde Howard ended the dispute with a gun, authorities said.

At about 10 a.m., Howard, 65, a custodian from Brookline, chased his colleague Maurice Rickets inside and outside their office at Baystate Pool Supplies Inc., on Smith Place near Fresh Pond, prosecutors said. Howard fired multiple shots, hitting Rickets in the head and torso.

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