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Averting Tragedy: An Exploration of Thwarted Mass Public Shootings Relative to Completed Attacks

SCCJ Professor James Alan Fox, and doctoral student Madison Gerdes, recently co-authored an article with Michael Rocque, examining characteristics of attempted mass shootings – attacks that were planned but did not occur.

Their findings showed that nearly half of the averted cases were reported by a friend or acquaintance, most targeted a specific location or group, and averted cases were more likely to involve school targets and co-offenders.

View the full findings of the study here.

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