Early this morning, a lone gunman was shot and killed in downtown Austin, Texas, after firing more than 100 shots at government buildings and attempting to set the Mexican Consulate on fire. While the motives are unclear, the white male shooter, likely in his 50s, had a criminal record and a possible anti-government agenda, according to USA Today. The man’s name has not yet been released.
The shooting in Ottawa has prompted questions about the suspected shooter, his motives and possible connections to past attacks or multiple shooters. Gwen Ifill speaks with Campbell Clark of The Globe and Mail, for a report from Canada’s capital. Continue reading
What causes a seemingly happy, non-violent teenager to open fire on classmates? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on the minds of rampage killers by profiling Andy Williams, who killed two students in a school shooting in California. Continue reading
Elliot Rodger killed six people and himself Friday night in Isla Vista, California. According to a “manifesto,” Elliot had been planning the attack for three years, and had posted videos promising violence. Judy Woodruff learns more from Adam Nagourney of The New York Times about his parents’ attempt to get to him before the attack and a previous encounter between Rodger and the police. Continue reading
The day before the attack, Rodger apparently posted a video on YouTube in which he sits in the driver’s seat of his car and details his plans for revenge. The message, entitled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” includes vehement language against women. Continue reading
A shooting at a hospital in Kabul Thursday morning claimed the lives of three American physicians and wounded one American nurse — one of a recent string of attacks against foreign civilians in Afghanistan. The assailant — an Afghan security … Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, Army officials at Fort Hood said a mass shooting by Spc. Ivan Lopez was likely triggered by an escalating argument. Also, a federal judge in Cincinnati announced he would strike down part of Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage. The state will have to honor gay marriages conducted in other states. Continue reading
Army officials shed new light on the suspected gunman believed to have perpetrated the second mass shooting at Fort Hood in five years. Three people were killed and 16 wounded before Ivan Lopez, an Iraq veteran, killed himself. Judy Woodruff talks to Phillip Carter of the Center for a New American Security and retired Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis about what’s being learned about Lopez’s mental health. Continue reading