And another one.
[quote]Dad kills 5 kids in latest US mass shooting
An American man has shot and killed his five children - aged between seven and 16 - and turned the gun on himself after his wife said she was leaving him.
James Harrison, 34, killed his children inside his mobile home in Graham, Washington state, then drove to a nearby casino and shot himself inside his car, a Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman said.
Ed Troyer says Harrison looked for his missing wife on Friday and found her at a convenience store with another man. She said she was leaving Harrison to be with her new boyfriend.
Alerted by neighbours, police found the five children dead, some shot several times, inside the mobile home’s bedrooms and one inside the bathroom.
Mr Harrison was found dead with a rifle shot to the head inside his car, with the engine still running.
“This is our theory of what happened - we’re still working to lock down everybody’s account of what happened and when,” Mr Troyer said.
Mass shooting spate
The family tragedy marks the latest spasm of gun violence in the United States, which has been rocked by six fatal mass shootings in the past three weeks, including three police killed on Saturday by a 23-year-old man at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh attack came a day after a recently unemployed man stormed an immigrant services centre in Binghamton, New York - where he had been learning English - and killed 13 people before taking his own life.
On March 29, a heavily armed gunman shot dead eight people at a North Carolina nursing home, days after six people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in an upscale neighbourhood in northern California’s Silicon Valley.
Criminologist Jack Levin - of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts - says there appears to be a link between the failing US economy and rising body count.
“A mass killer is someone who has almost always suffered a catastrophic loss - that’s the link between a recession and mass killings,” he said.
“Catastrophic losses serve as inspiration or precipitant.”[/quote]
Is anyone in that country actually interested in reducing the number of such incidents? Or are they just so used to the violence now it goes largely unnoticed?