Evolution of targeted violence
Targeted violence can be broadly defined as any violent incident where an armed attacker selects a particular target, or, multiple attackers engage several targets. In recent years, lone active shooter incidents have unfortunately become commonplace, both domestically and abroad. Incidents are now expanded to include planned attacks using multifaceted, conventional and unconventional weapons and tactics. These acts have been referred to by authorities as hybrid targeted violence (HTV) attacks designed to cause physical injury or death to a specifically identified person, group, or public gathering, at a specific, or multiple locations.
The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as weapons has been supplemented with items used for everyday living. Vehicles are now utilized in order to maximize fatalities and physical injuries on public thoroughfares, at public and private gatherings, and in confined areas. Knife-wielding and other handheld weapon attacks perpetrated […]