Daily Archives: November 6, 2009

Fort Hood Suspect May Have Suffered From ‘Compassion Fatigue,’ Experts Say

Major_HasanThis story has to be a joke,right?  Are they seriously trying to convince Americans that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was just tired of hearing soldiers stories about returning from wars and finally snapped?    No . . .   sorry.  I didn’t just fall off of the turnip truck.   I guess we are all supposed to believe that his religious beliefs had nothing to so with this.   Geez,  the media reported today that before the shootings,  Hasan was seen wandering about preaching and handing out copies of the Koran.   Only in America can a terrorist join the military and kill U.S. soldiers.     JD

Health experts say they are hardly astonished that the suspect in the worst mass murder ever at a U.S. military base is an Army psychiatrist — the very person who is supposed to be helping soldiers deal with the traumatic stress of war.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, suspected of gunning down 13 and wounding 30 at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas, treated soldiers at the Darnall Army Medical Center there after being transferred in July from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he had worked for six years.

Dr. Robin Kerner, an attending psychologist who specializes in disaster anxiety at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, said it’s not uncommon for individuals who work with traumatized patients to suffer the effects of “compassion fatigue.”

“This guy was counseling people coming back from war and there is something called secondary traumatization, where the therapist gets traumatized from hearing all the terrible things that have happened to the people they counsel,” Kerner told FoxNews.com.

The problem, she said, is that when this happens, many mental health professionals do not properly take care of themselves.

“There are a lot of things professionals who are working with trauma patients need to do in terms of self-care so as not to get traumatized themselves,” she said. “Oftentimes, workers are so focused on helping others that they neglect to take care of themselves. The bottom line — we don’t take our own advice.”

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Shooter Jason Rodriguez Arrested in Orlando Florida

jasonrodriguezOrlando Police say they have arrested Jason Rodriguez,  the lone suspect in the Gateway Center shooting of eight in Orlanndo Florida.

Rodriguez was arrested at his mothers house outside Orlando.

Mayor Buddy Dyer said his thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims.   Mayor Dyer said that there were only five victims and onnly one fatality.

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Picture of Jason Rodriguez, Suspect in Orlando Shootings


DEVELOPING: Florida authorities have launched a manhunt for a gunman believed to be on the loose after a shooting Friday at an Orlando office building that reportedly killed at least two and wounded eight.

Authorities have identified the alleged gunman as Jason Rodriguez, 40, a former employee at the office building.

Rodriguez remains at large. He is considered armed and dangerous. He is believed to be driving a 2002 silver Nissan SUV with Florida license plates D119UX

Police have not confirmed the number of victims. They said five patients were transported to a local hospital.

Police do not know what Rodriguez’s motive was.

Police are in the process of thoroughly searching the perimeter of the office building. They could not confirm that the building had been completely searched.

Police asked community members to keep their eyes open for the suspect.

MyFoxOrlando reported that two people were killed and eight injured.

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Orlando Police looking for Jason Rodriguez, suspect in shooting

At least two people were killed and five injured in a shooting at an office building in downtown Orlando, Fla., according to authorities.

Orlando Shooting

The scene of a shooting at an office building in downtown Orlando, Fla., near Interstate 4. Initial reports indicate that a gunman shot at least seven people, killing two of them.

(ABC News)

About 20 people were led out of the building, distraught and crying, according to reports by ABC’s Eyewitness News WFTV.

Police said they are going floor-by-floor looking for more victims, but wouldn’t confirm whether the shooter was still at-large.

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Rooftop Sniper kills one, at least 7 injured in Orlando shootings

ORLANDO, Fla. – One person was killed and at least seven others were wounded in a shooting incident inside a downtown Orlando high-rise building Friday morning, authorities said. The building was described as not yet secure, and the suspect was still on the loose.

Quoting emergency dispatchers, NBC station WESH-TV of Orlando reported that the incident began about 11:30 a.m. ET on the fourth floor of the Gateway Center at 1000 Legion Place near Lake Ivanhoe.

All patients were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Some of the patients were reported to be in “extremely critical” condition.

Michael Droege, district chief for the Orlando Fire Department, told WESH that  an unknown number of people were still in the building and could be injured. He said the SWAT team was still trying to pull people out of the building.

Orlando authorities said that no suspects had not been taken into custody and that the scene was not secure. SWAT officers were going floor by floor to secure the building, they said.

Gateway Center is a 16-story office building that was built in 1999.

Interstate 4 eastbound was shut down while police converge on the area, and nearby Edgewater High School was locked down.

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