Another Mass Shooting In America, This Time At A Complex For Senior Citizens (VIDEO)

Another Mass Shooting In America, This Time At A Complex For Senior Citizens (VIDEO)

An elderly man opened fire at a senior citizen complex Wednesday, shooting three people and killing one. Residents at the complex say he had grown distant and was angry about poker games being played in the building’s common area.

Here’s what we know about the shooting:

The tragedy occurred at the Heritage Court Apartments, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The shooter, Larry Rosenberg, 77, fled the scene on bicycle. He killed himself as police closed in after finding him in a neighborhood a mile or so away, Cheyenne police said.

Rosenberg was armed with a rifle and a handgun and was apparently angered by the poker games played at the complex said one resident.

Matthew Wilson, 45, was killed in the shooting. He was an employee at the complex. The wounded are Gregory Gilbert, 65, and Larry Warwick, 74. Both are residents of the complex.

Dan Long, a spokesman for the Cheyenne Police Department said he did not know whether Wilson and Warwick were among residents who were taking part in the poker parties.

Gun violence is quite rare in Cheyenne, with only six homicide cases reported last year.

A motive for the shooting hasn’t been disclosed, but a woman who knew Rosenberg said he had become distant.

“He started getting more and more distant, complaining about the facility and about people and just kind of pulling away, isolating himself more and more,” said Margaret Rosso.

Her mother, Mary Eastman, 80, said she and Rosenberg visited yard sales together. He left a her letter that was apparently a suicide note that morning. She didn’t read the letter immediately and instead went shopping. She came back to a crime scene.

Concerns over poker? Really?

“His problem really was that damned poker gambling,” she said. The card games were played in the facility’s common room. “That was it. That was all he complained about.”

Police are examining a “letter of discontent” by the gunman, but declined disclosing further details.

The victims and the gunman knew each other, and there was a history of “long-standing animosity” between the men.

Concerns had been raised about the poker games, which were held three days a week, and Rosenberg wasn’t the only person conflicted by this, Eastman said. The games were brought up at a recent meeting and residents told the apartment managers about the concerns they had, she said.

“Sunday, Monday and then Wednesday,” Eastman noted. “That’s too much. To haul them people in we don’t even know. We don’t want to know them. No we don’t. They’re taking up our space. Sleeping on the sofa. Sleeping on the recliner.”

One victim was shot inside the complex and two victims were shot outside, Long said. He did not identify the victims or discuss the conditions of the wounded. Police didn’t say if the victims lived in the apartments.

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Police offered comfort to an upset woman at the scene. What was apparently a covered body was visible in an area that had been cordoned off.

Two elementary schools within the Laramie County School District 1 were briefly lockdown as requested by law enforcement. The lockdown was lifted at 12:30 p.m.

Why are mass shootings so prevalent in the US?

Whatever you may think about gun rights, if there’s one thing that’s clear it’s this: The frequency of shootings in the U.S. is in lockstep with the country’s high rate of gun ownership. According to a 2007 Small Arms survey, in the U.S., there’s an average of 88 guns per 100 people.

Which means the U.S. is way above the rest of the world, as this map shows:

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The U.S. contains less than five percent of the world’s population, yet it has between a third and possibly up to half of the world’s civilian-owned guns.

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In countries that are similar in most ways to the U.S. in terms of life expectancy, education and income — the comparison between high levels of gun ownership and high rates of firearm death stand out like a neon sign, as can be seen here.

However, impoverished countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Swaziland see shocking numbers of gun deaths, even though they have only slightly higher number of guns than Japan, which only had 11 gun-related homicides in 2008.

 

Perhaps most astoundingly, a study published in The American Journal of Medicine found that Americans are 10 times likelier to be killed by guns as compared to people in other developed countries.

When compared to 22 other high-income countries, gun-related murders in the U.S. are 25 times higher. And while the suicide rate in the United States is comparable to other countries, the gun-related suicide rate is eight times higher than in other developed countries, the researchers said.

To be sure, high levels of gun ownership aren’t the only cause of gun-related deaths worldwide. But as can be seen by the evidence regarding wealthier countries, low levels of gun ownership is one effective way to prevent gun-related deaths.

Presumably, these countries don’t have senior citizens shooting other people.

To find out more about the shooting at the senior citizen complex watch the video below.

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Screencap courtesy of wochit news/YouTube. Map courtesy of The Washington Post

 

 

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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.

Megan supports Black Lives Matter and fights against racism, sexism, the corporatocracy, climate change deniers and others who continue to destroy the planet.

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