Warning Signs of a Possible Mass Shooter

Playing Five Killed in Shooting Spree

Following the mass shooting in northern California, where 5 people were killed and several injured The Doctors discuss possible warning signs that a person might act out violently.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho shares the shocking statistic that between 2009 and 2016, there have been over 156 mass shootings in the country, and of those 54 percent involved some kind of domestic dispute or violence. She says domestic violence can be a warning sign that someone may commit more violence like a mass shooting.

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Dr. Judy goes on to explain there is a disproportionate number of people who commit mass shootings have severe untreated mental illness. She says there can often be co-occurring substance abuse among these individuals, which can exacerbate their existing issues.  

She also says that if you do see a progression of mental illness or violence in someone that further steps, like contacting the authorities, are required.

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"The police will send a team to evaluate this individual and if they find they are gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others they do admit them to the hospital for further evaluation and care. And sometimes, the way to love somebody is to report them for this," she says.

The Doctors send their thoughts and prayers to those affected by the shooting in Rancho Tehama, CA.