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Mike Levine

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DHS/FBI Issue Bulletin After AZ Shooting

January 10, 2011 - 10:00 AM | by: Mike Levine

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI have sent a bulletin to local law enforcement around the country, giving them an “overview” of Saturday’s deadly shooting rampage in Arizona and information about “lone wolf” attackers, sources told Fox News.

While the bulletin, issued late Sunday night, said it’s too early to determine the motive behind Saturday’s attack, it offered tips for responding to “active shooter cases,” one source said. The bulletin was accompanied by a copy of an in-depth DHS report from 2008, detailing ways to protect against an “active shooter.”

On Saturday, 22-year-old Jared Loughner allegedly tried to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., opening fire outside a local supermarket, where the congresswoman was holding a public event. Six people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, were killed. Giffords and 13 others were injured. Federal officials have charged Loughner in the attack.

The 2008 report, compiled in the wake of the deadly Virginia Tech shootings, said that “because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically
to deal with an active shooter situation.”

The 13-page report suggests evacuating the premises if possible, or hiding in a locked room and turning off cell phone ringers.

“As a last resort, attempt to take the active shooter down,” the report says. “When the shooter is at close range and you cannot flee, your chance of survival is much greater if you try to incapacitate him/her.”

In addition, “as a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger,” the reported suggests “acting as aggressively as possible against him/her,” “throwing items and improvising weapons,” “yelling,” and “committing to your actions.”

The report, partially aimed at private business owners and operators, also outlines “indicators of potential violence by an employee.”

“Employees typically do not just ‘snap,’ but display indicators of potentially violent behavior over time,” the report said.

Potentially violent behaviors, according to the report, include “depression/withdrawal,” “behavior which is suspect of paranoia,” “empathy with individuals committing violence,” and “increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs.”

Loughner tried to enlist in the U.S. Army, but he was rejected after failing a drug test, a U.S. military official told Fox News.

–Fox News’ Justin Fishel contributed to this report

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