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Seeing The Signs, When To Speak Up About Potential Violence

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SALISBURY, Md. - The community is still reeling after Tuesday's tragic shooting on Onley Road in Salisbury. That's when Ryan Shallue reportedly shot ex-girlfriend Kristen Loetz and CJ Abbott. Abbott was killed, Loetz is in critical, but stable condition. Shallue also took his own life. In light of reports of recent stalking on Shallue's behalf, it brings up the important question of when you should speak up and say something, if you suspect that your friend, loved one, and even a stranger is exhibiting potentially dangerous behavior.

From the eerie "will you visit me in prison?" posted by Aurora, Colorado shooter James Holmes on a dating website...To the "I will die young" tweet by Boston Bombing suspect Zhokar Tzarnaev...And the tweet "Number one goal give all you *expletives* regrets" by Salisbury murder suicide suspect Ryan Shallue...

Social media is providing a window into what might be a troubled mind, on the verge of violence.

"After it happens," says Dr. Kathy Seifert, a psychologist who specializes in family and youth violence, "we go back and look at their tweets and their social media and it's right there!"

But with sites like Facebook and Twitter often used to vent simple frustrations, some people can find it hard to discern when to intervene.

Dr. Kathy Seifert,  says while many people want to help, they often don't know how.

She recommends "if you see somebody who's getting into more and more trouble, getting angry, having outbursts, doesn't want to listen to anybody, it's not saying that person will automatically be violent, but it's time to take a look at the situation and talk to them about what's going on."

Even after noticing those signs, the hardest thing to do can be confronting that person who you think is having a problem.

Doctor Seifert recommends you "ask a professional what to do."

For resources on how to prevent violence, visit The CDC online.

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