Incidents


Incident #1

February 26, 2010: Jed Waits open fired in the parking lot of Birney Elementary School, killing a special education teacher. Before he was killed by a deputy sheriff, Waits also shot at and missed a bystander who had witnessed the shooting. Reports states that the victim had obtained a civil anti-harassment order against Waits in 2008 after he had repeatedly stalked her beginning in 2003. Number of Attack Locations: 1 Location Information: Birney Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington Attacker Information: Jed Waits (30/M) Casualties: 1 dead; 0 wounded Number of Weapons: 1 Weapon Information: 1 handgun (semi-automatic) Closest Relationship to the Victim: Other Date Attack Concluded: Same day Resolution: Force Source: 1. Nancy Bartley and Christine Clarridge, Seattle Times, “Slain Tacoma Teacher had Been Harassed by Gunman for Years,” February 26, 2010, http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011195554_teachershot26 m.html.


Incident #2

February 23, 2010: Bruce Strongeagle Eastwood opened fire in the parking lot of Deer Creek Middle School, injuring two students. Eastwood was tackled by a math teacher who held him until police arrived. Number of Attack Locations: 1 Location Information: Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton, Colorado Attacker Information: Bruce Strongeagle Eastwood (32/M) Casualties: 0 dead; 2 wounded Number of Weapons: 1 Weapon Information: Rifle Closest Relationship to the Victim: None Date Attack Concluded: Same day Resolution: Force Sources: 1. Carlin DeGuerin Miller, CBS News, “David Benke, Hero Teacher: Hailed for Tackling Gunman, Says He Hope He Would Be Ready,” February 25, 2010, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-6239395- 504083.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody. 2. Kirk Mitchell, Denver Post, “Suspect’s Dad Laments Lack of Mental-Health Care,” February 28, 2010, http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14485435?source=rss.

Incident #3

November 7, 2007: Pekka-Eric Auvinen opened fire at his high school, killing seven students and a teacher and wounding 12 other people. Auvinen had previously posted a video on the internet stating he was going to “eliminate” everyone who he deemed “unfit.” Number of Attack Locations: 1 Location Information: Jokela High School in Tuusula, Finland Attacker Information: Pekka-Eric Auvinen (18/M) Casualties: 8 dead; 12 wounded Number of Weapons: 1 Weapon Information: Handgun (.22-caliber) Closest Relationship to the Victim: Academic Date Attack Concluded: Same day Resolution: Suicide Sources: 1. BBC News, “Finland Mourns Shooting Victims,” November 8, 2007, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7084349.stm. 2. YLE.fi, “Nine Dead in School Shooting,” November 7, 2007, http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2007/11/nine_dead_in_school_shooting_256579.ht ml

Incident #4

February 9, 2004: John Romano opened fire at his high school, injuring a teacher. An assistant principal tackled and disarmed Romano. Reports state that Romano loaded his gun in the bathroom prior to the attack. Number of Attack Locations: 1 Location Information: Columbia High School in East Greenbush, New York Attacker Information: Jon W. Romano (16/M) Casualties: 0 dead; 1 wounded Number of Weapons: 1 Weapon Information: Shotgun (12-gauge pump-action) Closest Relationship to the Victim: Academic Date Attack Concluded: Same day Resolution: Force Source: 1. Marc Santora, New York Times, “Student Opens Fire at a High School near Albany, Hitting a Teacher,” February 10, 2004, http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/10/nyregion/student-opens-fire-at-a-highschool- near-albany-hitting-a-teacher.html.