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Violent Shootings: Are There Warning Signs?

Profile of a Shooter Fits Many, but Parents Can Be Alert to Red Flags

Did the Colorado shooting suspect's mom know his plan?

According to some news reports, the suspect's mother said, "You've got the right person," after her son's arrest.

Levin speculates that she probably knew he was having difficulties.

"After the fact, she [allegedly] said, 'You've got the right person' because she recognized the possibility that he could commit that hideous act," he says. "I don't think we should hold it against her. It is unfathomable to think anyone in our family can kill a dozen people."

What else can parents do?

Parents should overcome any denial or reluctance to get involved if it's someone else's child. "We should intervene when our children are troubled long before they become troublesome," he says.

"We should intervene when we see someone, a child or even an adult, who is in trouble, who feels powerless, who is crying out for our help. We should do it not because we think he is going to murder someone but because it is the right thing to do."

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