This incident comes after a Las Vegas shooting at a federal courthouse in which the shooter also had taken and lost legal action against a federal agency.
According to W. Barry Nixon, executive director of the National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, said that when considering the potential of workplace violence, “The initial step is to assess the potential threat of workplace violence based on the nature of your business and on the types of facilities and their locations.” The possible types of workplace violence include:
Violence perpetrated by a stranger (generally robbery is the goal);
Violence perpetrated by a current or former employee;
Violence perpetrated by a relative, spouse, ex-spouse or individual with a personal relationship with an employee; and
Violence perpetrated by a customer, client or contractor.
In most prior incidents, there were indications of trouble to come.
Nixon’s latest Security Magazine article is at http://www.securitymagazine.com/Articles/Feature_Article/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000589037