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Police brace for copycat acts in wake of Oregon shooting

Police brace for copycat acts in wake of Oregon shooting

By Rick Jervis for USA Today

Law enforcement and school officials across the USA were bracing for potential copycat incidents Monday in the wake of the Oregon school shooting that left 10 dead and nine injured.

Warnings issued in Philadelphia over the weekend and a similar school plot foiled in California underscore a common trend that often follows mass shootings: copycat gunmen replaying the tragic event, researchers and law enforcement officials said.

“These [perpetrators] are very aware of the mass shooters that went before them,” said Jim Davis, former head of the FBI’s Denver office and Colorado’s public safety chief from 2011 to 2014. “They intend to be bigger than the previous guy.”

On Monday, several campuses of Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Ore., 80 miles south of Umpqua Community College, were evacuated following a bomb threat. All classes on Monday were canceled.

This follows a weekend of similar threats. Police on Saturday arrested four students after they discovered a plot involving a shooting spree at a high school in Tuolumne, Calif. The students planned to “come on campus and kill as many as people as possible” and were in the process of obtaining weapons, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele.

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