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The Generation Why Podcast Blog — mass shooting

Tobias Rathjen: 2020 Hanau Shootings

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On February 10th, 2020, at around 10PM, 43-year-old Tobias Rathjen walked into two Shisha bars, Midnight Bar and Arena Bar & Café, in Hanau, Germany and opened fired on the patrons with a Glock 17. Most of the customers were Kurdish, Turkish and north African. He fled the scene in his own vehicle where he returned home and shot his 72-year-old mother, before shooting himself. His father was able to escape. 11 people, including Rathjen and his mother, are dead as a result of the attack and 5 have been left injured. (Source) Media outlets reported the shooting as a...

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El Paso Mass Shooting

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On August 3rd, 2019, between 10:39AM – 10:45AM, a young Caucasian male armed with an AK47 walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and began spraying bullets at shoppers in what would come to be known as one of deadliest U.S shootings in recent times.  (Source) The attack was quick and sporadic but would see 22 people dead and a further 26 injured. Among the fatalities was 1 German national, 13 U.S citizens and 8 Mexican citizens. The victims are said to have been between the ages of 15 – 80+. The gunman was later identified as 21 year...

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Nikolas Cruz and the Florida School Shooting

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On Valentine’s Day 2018, a teenager climbed out of an Uber outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parker, Florida. Armed with a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle and a backpack containing extra ammunition, he entered the building and began to set off the fire alarms with the intention of mowing down the students as they inevitably began to exit the building. He set off smoke grenades and shot at students who were fleeing through the corridors, before climbing to the next floor and spraying bullets into classrooms of cowering kids. (Source) The assailant then made his way up to...

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