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“At first it didn’t seem real. And then you just say, ‘Oh s***. It’s my turn, I guess.’”

Carlos Eduardo Espina, a law student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who received an active shooter alert after having just finished one of his last final exams of the semester. More than 630 mass shootings have occurred across the U.S. this year and one in six Americans say that they have personally witnessed a shooting. For Espina, being involved in a mass shooting was just a matter of when, not if, it would occur. Wednesday’s shooting at UNLV killed three people and left another critically injured. (NPR — Dec. 7, 2023)

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