Workplace Incidents

2012 Workplace Violence Incidents

Here is a list of every fatal mass shooting that’s taken place since January 1—defined as multi-victim shootings where those killed were chosen indiscriminately. The tragedies took place at perfectly random places—at churches, movie theatres, soccer tournaments, spas, courthouses and, now, an elementary school. But given the frequency of these awful events, perhaps in the long view their occurrence isn’t so random after all—it’s predictable.

February 22, 2012Five people were killed in at a Korean health spa in Norcross, Georgia, when a man opened fire inside the facility in an act suspected to be related to domestic violence.

February 26, 2012—Multiple gunmen began firing into a nightclub crown in Jackson, Tennessee, killing one person and injuring 20 others.

February 27, 2012Three students at Chardon High School in rural Ohio were killed when a classmate opened fire.

March 8, 2012—Two people were killed and seven wounded at a psychiatric hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when a gunman entered the hospital with two semiautomatic handguns and began firing.

March 31, 2012—A gunman opened fire on a crowd of mourners at a North Miami, Florida, funeral home, killing two people and injuring 12 others.

April 2, 2012—A 43-year-old former student at Oikos University in Oakland, California, walked into his former school and killed seven people, “execution-style.” Three people were wounded.

April 6, 2012—Two men went on a deadly shooting spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shooting black men at random in an apparently racially motivated attack. Three men died and two were wounded.

May 29, 2012—A man in Seattle, Washington, opened fire in a coffee shop and killed five people and then himself.

July 9, 2012At a soccer tournament in Wilmington, Delaware, three people were killed, including a 16-year-old player and the event organizer, when multiple gunmen began firing shots, apparently targeting the organizer.

July 20, 2012—James Holmes enters a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises and opens fire with a semi-automatic weapon; twelve people are killed and fifty-eight are wounded.

August 5, 2012—A white supremacist and former Army veteran shot six people to death inside a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before killing himself.

August 14, 2012—Three people were killed at Texas A&M University when a 35-year-old man went on a shooting rampage; one of the dead was a police officer.

September 27, 2012—A 36-year-old man who had just been laid off from Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, Minnesota, entered his former workplace and shot five people to death, and wounded three others before killing himself.

October 21, 2012—45-year-old Radcliffe Frankin Haughton shot three women to death, including his wife, Zina Haughton, and injured four others at a spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin, before killing himself.

December 11, 2012—A 22-year-old began shooting at random at a mall near Portland, Oregon, killing two people and then himself.

December 14, 2012—One man, and possibly more, murders a reported twenty-six people at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, including twenty children, before killing himself.


Some fatal shootings at U.S. workplaces:

Monday, September 13, 2010 – Two killed, woman arrested after Kraft plant shooting.

Aug. 3, 2010: Warehouse driver Omar Thornton shot and killed eight people before apparently committing suicide at a Manchester, Conn., beer distributorship.

Feb. 12, 2010: Three biology professors were shot and killed and three other employees injured at the University of Alabama’s Huntsville campus. Amy Bishop, a 42-year-old instructor and researcher at the school, is charged with murder.

Nov. 5, 2009: At Fort Hood, Texas, 13 people were fatally shot and 32 were injured. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder.

June 25, 2008: Wesley N. Higdon, 25, killed five workers, then himself, at Atlantis Plastics in Henderson, Ky. A sixth shooting victim survived.

March 18, 2008: Lee Isaac Bedwell Leeds, 31, shot and killed four men at a junk yard in Santa Maria, Calif.

Jan. 30, 2006: Former postal worker Jennifer San Marco, 44, shot and killed six postal employees, then himself, in Goleta, Calif.

July 2, 2004: Elijah Brown, 21, killed four co-workers and wounded three others at ConAgra Foods meatpacking plant in Kansas City, Kan., before committing suicide.


February 7, 2008 Kirkwood, MO 6 Dead After Gunfire at Mo. Town Board Meeting: A gunman with a history of hostility against city leaders stormed a council meeting, killing two police officers and three other people before law enforcers fatally shot him, authorities said. The man’s gunfire critically injured the mayor.

April 09, 2007 Detroit, MI: A deadly workplace shooting in an office building outside Detroit where one person was killed and two injured. The shooter entered the building and opened fire on the second floor. Police said the shooter was a former employee of Gordon Advisors’ Accounting Firm but was laid off last week.

August 30, 2007 Bronx, NY One person was killed and two others injured after a man entered his former workplace in the Bronx on Thursday morning and began opening fire on employees in an apparent case of revenge.

Workplace Violence Prevention for Colleges
We live in a culture where violent behavior is pervasive…

February 14, 2008 Northern Illinois University DEKALB, IL. – A former student opened fire Thursday with a shotgun and three handguns from the stage of a lecture hall, killing five students and wounding 15 others before committing suicide.

February 8, 2008 Louisiana Technical College, Baton Rouge, LA – A nursing student shot two women to death and then killed herself. Twenty other people were in the classroom at the time.

September 21, 2007 Delaware State University – Shortly before 1 a.m. a group of students were leaving the campus café when they heard gunshots that resulted in the death of one student and two innocent bystanders being injured. The shooter was identified as an 18-year-old freshman.

April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – A 23-year-old Virginia Tech student named Seung-hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded many more in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
U.S. campuses have a long way to go when it comes to being optimally safe and secure. Although recent Department of Justice research indicates that educational campuses are better prepared and have less crime than before, the “It won’t happen here” mentality is a continued obstacle in many institutions.
Campus Safety Magazine 2008

Financial Institutions – Banks and Credit Unions are not immune

McCOMB, Miss. March 12, 2008 — A gunman shot two people to death Wednesday in the bank where his ex-wife worked, then took the ex-wife and killed her before committing suicide, authorities said. See the news article here.

Health Care Facilities

January 14, 2009 – A Las Vegas doctor was murdered in her office Monday morning and Metro detectives are trying to figure out why she was targeted. See the news article here

Columbus- March 27, 2008, 5:30 pm – (IMNS) – A male nurse, a male administrative assistant, and another unidentified hospital worker are dead following a shooting at Doctor’s Hospital AKA Columbus Regional Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia.

September 30, 2005 St. Mary Medical Center LANGHORNE, PA – An officer was killed and a medical technician wounded after the officer and a fellow officer scuffled with a drunken-driving suspect they had taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Bucks County, for routine blood and urine tests.