In the end, after a shootout and the rescue of several hostages inside the building, nine people were shot including five cops. Two of the civilians and a police officer were killed. The gunman eventually surrendered.
A community, families and loved ones of injured officers and civilians are still dealing with the impact of the events and their own losses.
Firefighters, medics, dispatchers are all dealing with this tragedy and will likely continue to for perhaps a lifetime.
In Criminal Justice we are taught to put aside those personal and/or political biases when enforcing the law, but as humans we ask ourselves “why?”
As students and practitioners of Criminal Justice, we want answers, we want to know the criminal mind. In our quest to find motives, we may just have to accept that sometimes we can’t make sense out of senseless acts.