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vegas, and now sutherland springs. all four towns have been affected recently by mass shootings and all four shooters reportedly have a history of domestic violence. kamr local 4's zach martin speaks with family support services about escalation in domestic violence and what's being done to prevent it. (zach martin:reporting) after amarillo had the highest domestic homicide rate per capita in texas, the domestic violence coalition was created to help fight the problem. chief ed drain / amarillo pd "we're all coming together on this to make sure that we all got the same side picture about what we need to be doing. i think the coalition is doing a very good job." a new report explains that mass shooters including the ones responsible for the las vegas shooting, the orlando nightclub shooting, the colorado springs planned parenthood shooting, and most recently the sutherland springs church shooting all have a couple of things in common... they're men, and they have a reported history with domestic violence. the l-a times reports las vegas shooter, stephen paddock, had been seen verbally abusing his girlfriend in public... something kathy tortoreo with family support services says she has seen from many domestic violence perpetrators. kathy tortoreo / family support services crisis services director "the pattern seems to be that it begins fairly slowly with small types of transgressions. pushing, shoving, name-calling, those kind of things. over time as that need for power escalates then the relationship becomes more violent, more aggressive." chief drain says the coalition tries to catch the domestic violence before it escalates to dangerous levels. chief ed drain / amarillo pd "well, if we know someone has the potential to do that then it's vitally important and we have an obligation to make sure that we're doing something to try and prevent something like that from happening. we have a lot of family violence calls that occur in our jurisdiction." (zach:) again, this does not mean every domestic abuser is going to become a mass shooter, but many mass shooters do have a history of domestic abuse. tortoreo says domestic violence thrives in secret... and the only way to truly get it out in the open is to intervene. live in studio, zach martin, kamr local 4 news. jackie? (jackie:) zach, thank you. chief drain says when new numbers come out it wouldn't be surprising if domestic violence numbers in the area go up. he says it probably doesn't mean actual cases are going up, but rather the frequency of reporting domestic violence is on the rise. (jackie:) another community that has



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