This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
Police in Louisville, Kentucky, is confirming that a second shooting took place Monday, only blocks from the bank massacre that left a handful of people dead and nearly twice that number hospitalized.
The Gateway Pundit said police revealed the second shooting was outside of Jefferson Community & Technical College just blocks from the first shooting scene at Old National Bank.
The report said the suspect already had fled the scene before police arrived.
There were no confirmed reports of any injuries there.
But the first shooting, described as a classic workplace violence episode, left four dead and eight more hospitalized.
The shooter also was killed by police.
Reports confirmed the bank shooter had connections to the bank, as a former employee.
A report from a broadcaster, WAVE, said the first shooting began at about 8:30 a.m. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Connor Sturgeon, who had been employed at the bank.
The report said, "Sturgeon was confirmed as using a rifle during the incident on Monday and police confirmed he was live streaming as the shooting occurred."
The victims who died were identified as Tommy Elliott, 63; Jim Tutt, 64; Josh Barrick, 40 and Juliana Farmer, 57.
Two officers who exchanged shots with the suspect also were injured, reports said.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said, "When we talk about praying, I hope people will. For those that we are hoping can make it through the surgeries that they are going through and we got to do what we have done these last three years after everything, we got to wrap our arms around these families. And everybody who needs it, don’t be afraid to get some help."
WND previously has reported on the frequency of subsequent shootings. It was only a couple of weeks ago that a transgender shot up a Christian school in Nashville, killing six, and police made an arrest in Denver of another suspect who reportedly planned a combination of school and church shootings.
The report, dating back just a few years, noted there was a massacre at an El Paso Wal-Mart that left 20 dead and 26 wounded, and then the shooting spree outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio, that killed nine and injured 27.
The report explained, "In light of the close proximity of these two most recent mass shootings, as well as the mass shooting just six days earlier, at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, resulting in three dead (plus the shooter) and 12 injured, consider the problem from a different vantage point – one that casts the growing incidence of mass-shootings in terms of 'contagion.' Or in more everyday terms, the 'copycat crime' effect."
The report cited a 2015 peer-reviewed study titled "Contagion in Mass Killings and School Shootings," published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE. There researchers concluded that many mass shootings are triggered by other similar attacks, especially very recent ones:
"We find significant evidence that mass killings involving firearms are incented by similar events in the immediate past. On average, this temporary increase in probability lasts 13 days … We also find significant evidence of contagion in school shootings, for which an incident is contagious for an average of 13 days … On average, mass killings involving firearms occur approximately every two weeks in the U.S., while school shootings occur on average monthly," the study said.
"The copycat phenomenon is real," confirmed Andre Simons of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit in 2014. "As more and more notable and tragic events occur, we think we're seeing more compromised, marginalized individuals who are seeking inspiration from those past attacks."