The latest mass shooting at a California bar comes less than two weeks since the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
It is likely to come as a grim reminder of what happened in Squirrel Hill, as many are just now beginning to grieve.
Local Psychologist Dr. Lisa Osachy spoke with us last week about the impact of tragic incidents.
“It can particularly affect people who have had trauma in the past,” she said. “And it came bring back losses and terrible situations that they’ve been through before.”
She says it’s hard for people to comprehend when evil happens in places many of us frequent. There have been recent shootings at bars, night clubs, places of worship, schools, movie theaters and businesses.
“These are normal things that we do. Everyone can feel vulnerable and feel affected by it,” she said.
California’s shooting killed 12 people, including a sheriff’s sergeant, when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks. The gunman is also dead.
It becomes the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. since 17 students and teachers were killed at a school in Parkland, Florida nine months ago. Eleven people were killed in the shooting at the Squirrel Hill synagogue in late October.