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Possible Warning Signs in Mass Killers
OKLAHOMA CITY -- After a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, Police in Edmond are looking to make sure something similar doesn't happen in their community.
"Obviously it's alarming, but in particular when it's at an elementary school, it just turns my stomach when I hear it" says Captain Tim Dorsey with Edmond Police.
Dorsey says the Edmond police department has been training to prevent school shootings ever since the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999.
"Columbine really changed the way law enforcement approaches, what came about as an active shooter incident" says Dorsey.
Doctor Howard Kurtz is a criminologist and says while the investigation in Connecticut is still in its preliminary stage, there may have been several red flags from the shooter, before the shooting.
Kurtz says studies prove the majority of mass killers all have similar traits.
"If you look at the data on these shootings and the government did a study, I think they looked at 37 different shootings and they found that about 50 percent of the people involved in shootings are suffering from severe depression" says Kurtz.
Kurtz also says the majority of killers are also suffering from extreme anger, and are suicidal.
"When people are talking about ending their life that can be an indicator as well" says Kurtz.
Kurtz says it's important for anyone who recognizes these signs to not try and take any action on their own, and instead contact a local minister or counseling agency.
Kurtz says to call police, if there is an immediate danger.
Posted: Friday, December 14 2012, 09:24 PM CST
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By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Parents and guardians of children whose elementary schools were damaged in the deadly tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City area are hoping for happy reunions.
At least 20 children are among the more than 50 reported dead so far in Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb ravaged Monday afternoon by a tornado with winds up to 200 mph. Officials said early Tuesday the death toll could rise by as many as 40.
Many parents seeking their children gathered at a suburban church, listening intently as someone with a bullhorn called out the names of children who were being dropped off. For many families, the ordeal ended in tears of joy. Others were left to wait in the darkness, hoping for good news while fearing the worst.
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