I've been on duty for the past several days, so my posts this week will be late.
The first item I want to pass on, before discussing other events is: The Cascadia Mall Shooter was apprehended the day after his rampage. The suspect admitted to killing all five victims.
On Monday, the Seattle Times ran a Cascadia Mall Shooting at-a-glance article. There's even a Wikipedia entry about the mass murder.
As of now the motive appears to be a combination of mental health issues, along with a break up from an ex-girlfriend who use to work at Macy's (where the suspect murdered his victims), and a falling out with his step dad.
A controversy erupted over police describing the suspect as Hispanic, when it turned out he was Arcen Cetin, who immigrated from Turkey.
Apparently, he's also a US citizen, as opposed to being a permanent resident as originally thought.
I was on duty during the shooting. And from my "echelon above reality" I'd like to think the suspect's initial "Hispanic" description was a case of being in the heat-of-the-moment, rather than Political Correctness (PC) overriding common sense.
However, I have noticed this story rapidly dropped off the national radar screen. Why this happened is being speculated as either:
a. It occurred just before the Clinton-Trump Debate, and news agencies didn't want to make Hillary look bad. Especially, since it was initially assumed the killer was a permanent resident. It turns out he's supposedly a US citizen.
b. The shooter used a hunting rifle and not a "scary-looking" gun like a semi-automatic handgun, or an AR-15.
Regardless of the reasons, this will be strictly a local tragedy from now on.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families.