Conflict and Violence

2 Dead In Downtown Orlando Office Building Shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Eyewitness News learned that two people were killed dead in a shooting at a downtown Orlando office building Friday. According to Orlando Fire Department dispatch and Orlando police, six other people were shot and transported to a local hospital.

Fort Hood Hero: Sgt. Kimberly Munley Hailed as Hero for Taking Down Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan

In the midst of the murderous gunfire that sent soldiers at Fort Hood scattering, it was a cvilian mother of two who ran towards the gunfire, taking down the shooter in a close range gunbattle that left both wounded.

Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who lives in Killeen, Texas, has been hailed a hero by Fort Hood base commander Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, who credited her today with bringing the massacre to an end and saving an untold number of lives.

Soldier kills 12, hurts 31 in Fort Hood rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas - An Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post yesterday, authorities said, a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States.

The gunman, first said to have been killed, was wounded but alive and in stable condition under military guard, said Lieutenant General Bob Cone at Fort Hood.

“I would say his death is not imminent,’’ Cone said.

Colonel Ben Danner said the suspect was shot four times and was in critical condition.

Stop and Frisk: Privacy versus Protection-- Finding Balance in the Complex World of Conflict and Violence?

The call comes in for a man wearing blue jeans and a white hooded sweatshirt standing outside the local convenient store pacing back and forth. He has been there for 15 minutes, the clerk tells the dispatcher. “I am not sure what he is up to but I would like the police to check him out.” The information is relayed to the sector car, and the sector car responds. While driving to the scene, the officer recalls that this particular store has been robbed in the past and more than once. As he pulls up, he sees the subject in question pacing back and forth.

Violent Encounters: When the Time for Talk is Over, Do What's Necessary and Reasonable

On this blog we talk all the time about detecting, avoiding and preventing conflict and violence through awareness, positioning, communication, interaction, recognizing the signs and signals of crime and danger, collaborative efforts and timely decision making under pressure. The main focus of our strategy and our methods being to win, and to settle conflict and violence without fighting.

Police search for gunman in North Hollywood synagogue shooting

A gunman entered the grounds of  a North Hollywood synagogue this morning and shot and wounded two men who were going to a prayer service in an attack LAPD detectives are investigating as a hate crime.

The unidentified gunman wearing a black hoodie walked into the underground parking garage of Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue at 12405 Sylvan St. shortly before 6:20 a.m., said LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore. He approached a man in his 40s who was parking his car to attend prayer service.

Domestic Violence: Observe the Signs, Speak the Signs, And Please Don't Ignore Them! by Fred Leland

As she spoke to me about what had just taken place, I noticed she was ashen gray almost pale in color mixed in with mascara and tinges of red marks around her neck and cheeks from the assault and attempt on her life that had just taken place. Through her uncontrollable crying I could not understand what she was saying. Eventually she was able to regain her composure and stated, “I think he would have killed me if were not for my five-year-old who jumped up, opened the hotel room door and ran and down the hall shouting for help.

Sudbury man implicated in foiled terrorist attacks, plotted shopping mall assault

We have been talking about soft targets and emerging threats utilizing swarming tactics and disruption techniques here is an example as well of collaborative efforts to prevent these acts. This is just coming out now more on it later.

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Federal authorities say they have foiled plots to launch terrorist attacks inside and outside the United States with the arrest this morning of a 27-year-old man in Sudbury, who they said had discussed with conspirators attacking a shopping mall with automatic weapons.

Preventing Conflict and Violence by Way of Awareness, Collaborative Efforts and Resilient Networks by Fred Leland

“Uncertainty has been called the greatest challenge to security.”~ Geerat J. Vermeij

None of us escapes conflict; it is part of our daily lives. So how do we become more effective at recognizing potential threatening situations and come up with a more positive outcome driven strategy and methods to preventing and resolving conflicts and violence?

How to change the value of 'street cred' By Derrick Boles and Hakim Hazim

The defendants who stand accused of the murder of Chicago schoolboy Derrion Albert will appear in court today. Many questions remain, but perhaps the most salient one is why so many young black males are, like the accused, choosing a life of violence and self-destruction.

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