Shooter Down! The Dramatic , Untold Story of the Police Response to the Virginia Tech Massacre by John Giduck
This book is an exceptionally well researched book (452 pages) by the author (who has worked with US Special Forces and possesses a Law Degree and a Doctorate) who is able to look at this complex tragedy from many levels.
The book has nine chapters which discuss:
- 2 Previous School Shootings consisting of the shooter using obstacles and barricades to prevent police response to save the hostages
- Sept 27, 2006: Platte Canyon HS in Bailey, Colorado
- Oct 2, 2006: Amish Schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania
- Background on the educational institution (Va Tech) and how it planned to handle an incident,
- Evolution of the mass shooter (Seung-Hui Cho)
- Early Morning Murder of Two Students in a Dorm and police response
- Follow On Shooting Rampage on campus (Norris Hall)
- Police and 1st Responder Response to the Mass Shooting
- Ongoing Recovery (Police, School, Victims, etc.) from the Mass Shooting Incident
- Post Incident Issues and Lessons Learned
- Tactical Review of the Law Enforcement (LE) Response to the Mass Shootings
- Legal Review of Federal Legal Standards for LE in US.
Final Comment: The "silver lining" in these tragedies are the lessons learned from them so that they can be applied to ideally prevent and worst case to more effectively respond and recover from a school violence incident. This book is designed for law enforcement, school administration and teachers, and parents so that we can all protect our societies most innocent, our children.