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The suspect in multiple shootings is dead after leading police on a cross-town chase Wednesday. Police say he was "on a mission" to "kill his entire family."

Police pursued 47-year-old Terrell Blake after spotting him erratically driving a U-Haul van. He was shot and killed in the area of Frances and Forrester streets after he threatened police, Deputy Chief LaRon Singletary said. Residents described a rapid succession of gunshots.

One day after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, we examine how the attack on the Orlando nightclub has impacted the gay and Islamic communities.

The shooting left 49 victims dead and more than 53 wounded. Investigators say the lone shooter was Omar Mateen, and they are treating the case as a terrorist investigation. 

We talk about how the Islamic community is reacting to the shooting, and we look at efforts made by both communities to ensure they are not pitted against each other. What is the path forward? We also talk about the debate on gun policy. Our guests:

One day after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, we examine how the attack on the Orlando nightclub has impacted the gay and Islamic communities.

The shooting left 49 victims dead and more than 53 wounded. Investigators say the lone shooter was Omar Mateen, and they are treating the case as a terrorist investigation.

We talk to members of the local gay community about how they are healing. Our guests:

You've probably heard that there have been 355 mass shootings so far this year. Where did that statistic come from? The FBI says there have been 22. A journalist who covers gun crime for Mother Jones says the number is four. Why the disparity? What's the impact of using one set of data over another? Are we devaluing lives if we restrict the definition? Our guests explain:

  • Irshad Altheimer, associate professor of criminal justice, criminological theory, criminology,and corrections, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Mark Concordia, assistant professor of criminal justice, Roberts Wesleyan College

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Gun violence is a common occurrence in some Rochester neighborhoods, but a local psychiatrist says Wednesday's mass shooting was extreme even for challenged locations like inner cities.

Dr. Robert Weisman, associate professor of psychiatry at UR Medicine, says 60 to 80 percent of the victims of violence suffer from some level of post-traumatic stress. And that can include those who simply witnessed the event.  Weisman says younger people are more vulnerable than adults in this way.

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Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden knew one of the victims in Wednesday night's drive-by shooting  and spoke with Beth Adams this morning about the tragedy.

On Monday's edition of "Connections", we spent both hours discussing the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the aftermath which is still ongoing. How could the situation have been handled differently? Could this situation happen in Western New York? We discuss the situation, and the hypotheticals with our panels:

First Hour:

  • Bill Johnson, former Rochester Mayor
  • Kit Miller, director of the Gandhi Institute for Non Violence
  • Verdis Robinson, professor of History and African American Studies at Monroe Community College
  • Bill Clark, Urban League president

Second Hour:

  • Shabaka Mu Ausar, filmmaker of "Young Black Male"
  • Sherry Walker-Cowart, Center for Dispute Settlement president
  • Frank Liberti, Center for Dispute Settlement

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A month after the Newtown school shootings, most of New York's school board members say they're still worried students don't have adequate access to mental health services.  

The New York State School Boards Association informally polled its members on topics including school safety, mental health services and stricter gun laws. Within 24 hours, more than 600 members responded. 

The University of Rochester Medical Center has issued the following statement from Dr. Nicole Stassen, the trauma surgeon treating the firefighters who were wounded in Webster on Monday:

Both firefighters injured in Monday’s shooting are convalescing and doing as well as I would expect at this stage. Mr. Scardino and Mr. Hofstetter are both receiving supportive care and are making small steps on their long road ahead. It is critical that they remain in an environment where they can focus on rest and recovery. 

Suspected Shooter Had Lengthy Criminal History

Dec 24, 2012

Police say it appears an ex convict set fire to his home in order to  lure firefighters  to the neighborhood.  After setting the trap, 62-year old William Spengler then started shooting them when they arrived.  Police say he killed two of the firefighters and injuring two others before killing himself.  Several other homes also caught fire and were destroyed in the blaze.

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