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Seattle Pacific University shooting update: One victim has died

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Seattle police said during a news conference Thursday evening that one of four shooting victims on the campus of Seattle Pacific University earlier today has died. One unidentified suspected shooter dressed as "Rambo" is in police custody.

A Seattle police spokesperson said Seattle Pacific University staffers disarmed a gunman who entered a building and opened fire, injuring four people and started to reload. A Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman, Susan Gregg said one man has died and of three other people injured, one critically injured 20-year-old woman has been taken to surgery. Gregg says a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man are in satisfactory condition.

Seattle Police initially said a second suspect armed with a handgun remained at large, but soon after said they were no longer looking for anyone else.

In April 2010, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service released a report entitled: "Campus Attacks: Targeted Violence Affecting Institutions of Higher Education." The report's findings from a review of 272 incidents of violence that affected institutions of higher education in the U.S. from 1900 through 2008.

However, mass shootings on American university campuses and schools have dramatically increased in recent years. The federal government is partnering with state and local governments to develop prevention and enforcement programs to prevent and respond to mass shootings on "soft targets" including schools.

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security funded a manual titled "Primer to Design Safe School Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks and School Shootings"was distributed and intended for use by school administrators who feel they are at risk for attack and is designed to meet the needs of all schools, including those with serious security concerns. The manual provides information on how to protect schools and campus facilities from school shootings or terrorism, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.

Non government resources such as School Safe, a website that provides safety and security minded professionals with a place to discuss, train, and research new ways to improve our schools emergency response plans for active shooter, weather related issues, fire, building collapse, chemical explosions, terrorist acts, riots, kidnapping, etc.

The United States government has largely ignored proposals and plans aimed at teaching school faculty and students--beginning in Kindergarten on how to prepare for and respond to violence in American schools. Research evidences that in mass shooting incidents, simply thinking about what you would do ahead of time save lives.



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