Dawson College Shooting Case Study

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The Dawson College Shooting – A pathway to intended violence analysis on Kimveer Gill
On the 13th of September 2006, Kimveer Gill, a twenty-five year old Indo-Canadian, enter Dawson College in in Montreal, Quebec shooting and kill one student and wounding nineteen others before committing suicide. This paper is a critical analysis of Kimveer Gill actions, leading up to the event, utilizing Frederick Calhoun and Stephen Weston’s pathway to intended violence assessment methodology. The paper will also provide an opinion on the validity of the assessment tool and whether the tool should be supplemented to enhance its credibility in this case.
The Assessment Tool
The pathway to intended violence, as designed by Calhoun and Weston, is comprised of 5 key steps prior to step 6, which is the attack itself. These steps, in order, include grievance, ideation, research / planning, preparation, breach and finally the attack (Calhoun, F. Weston, S. 2003. p.58). The events leading up to the Dawson College shooting, perpetrated by Kimveer Gill, provide evidence supporting the theory of each of the steps and facilitate an evidence based understanding of the process. The first step in the process is the issue of grievance.
Calhoun and Weston define grievance as,
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In addition to idolization other school assailants, Gill briefly received military training from the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec…but did not complete his basic training (Wikipedia 2014). He had told people that he wanted to be a mercenary and the day before the attack he is purported to visit the Ville Saint-Pierre firearms facility and practiced