Incident in Antioch
On September 24, 2017, there was an active killer incident at a church in Antioch, Tennessee. One person was killed in the parking lot. Six more were wounded inside the building, including the pastor. The assailant was a person known to the members of the congregation, but was not recognized during the attack since he wore a ski mask.
What is an active killer (active shooter)? An active killer is a person who is armed (usually with firearms and/or explosives) who attacks or attempts to attack a group of people, intending to kill as many as possible. There are several motives an active killer may have: mental derangement, revenge, ethnic/racial/political/religious hatred, or terror. Most active killers act alone, but some have accomplices.
Churches as Soft Targets
Targets for active shooters are classified as hard or soft. A hard target is difficult to get to for any of several reasons. It may be well-walled with hard-to-breach fences, gated entries, and well-placed, well-trained, and well-armed security personnel.
Soft targets are easier to reach, and once reached easier to attack. According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, a soft target is “a ...[Click Below to Read Entire Article]