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Orlando shooter showed signs of depression before rampage

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in HR Management,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training,Preventing Workplace Violence

In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 shootings at the offices of Reynolds, Smith & Hills in downtown Orlando—where one person was killed and five wounded—alleged gunman Jason Rodriguez had exhibited signs of deep depression, according to relatives.

After the architectural consulting firm fired Rodriguez two years ago, he never regained steady employment. His marriage dissolved, he lost his home to foreclosure and could not make his child support payments. Increasingly, he had become disheveled in appearance and withdrawn before allegedly opening fire at his former workplace.

Relatives said Rodriguez had been taking medication to treat mental illness.

Final notes: The FBI reports that workplace violence has decreased in recent years. Yet the headlines—recent datelines: Orlando, Fort Hood, Portland—remind us that unstable people can still shatter the workaday world. HR Specialist has prepared a new special report, Workplace Violence Prevention Toolkit, to help HR pros proactively plan how to prevent deadly attacks at work. To download your free copy, click here

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