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The shooting in Indianapolis adds to a grim toll of workplace violence in the U.S.

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Northeastern’s Lipman Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy James Alan Fox spoke with The New York Times about the man who opened fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis last Thursday, fatally shooting eight people and injuring at least seven others.

Mass shootings in American workplaces are not a new phenomenon, said Dr. Fox. In one of the most notorious examples, a mail carrier in trouble with his supervisors opened fire in a crowded post office in Oklahoma, killing 14 workers and injuring seven others before killing himself. The violent attack in 1986 spawned the phrase “going postal.”

In past workplace shootings, many of the perpetrators — employees or former employees — considered themselves victims of injustice who were “trying to right a wrong,” Dr. Fox said.

Read the full article on The New York Times.

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