Columbine lead investigator speaks out
Rich Marianos on CT school shooting
- Duration 3:43
- Date Dec 14, 2012
Rich Marianos on CT school shooting
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Rick thank you.
Flags in Washington DC have been lowered to half staff this is the flag at the capitol building and we'll take a look at the flag at the White House.
Lowered to half staff to remember the victims.
And the families here to give us.
Some perspective on the shootings.
Rich marianas -- assistant director in special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
And explosives Mari -- was the lead investigator for the Columbine shootings.
In 1999 he joins us now from Washington.
Rich thanks for being here.
This is there are horrific investigation.
First of all it's tough to to even deal with to start the investigation for.
Experts who have been talking about this all day they said it's tough to to even do it but once you get -- -- it.
What are they doing from the beginning to to begin there looking into this guy and starting the evidentiary.
Well I never thought once again in my entire career that I would go through another instance analyst Colin behind him.
You know entire bureau now -- law enforcement members.
I'm just saddened and send our sympathy out -- families and we need is an agency with ATF.
Along with other partners are so committed to make sure that we come up with a motive could come up with every answer to try to ascertain how this event happened.
What they'll be doing in the next 24 hours which is extremely important just identify the victims with the medical examiner.
Thrusts going to be to conducting but many tests forensic tests on the weapons the ballistics evidence.
Checking in different locations where the offender or -- it any other offenders.
May be in association with this guy.
Occupied or any place that they -- secretive and any additional evidence.
Didn't try to look I'm sure.
From lessons learned from the various investigations we've taken part in.
To do -- full data -- in the social media to find out if there's any postings read a motive.
Phone records credit card purchases to do complete dig in data mine to try to.
How such a senseless tragedy could happen again in United States.
And quickly what.
Has anything changed with school security amendments was an elementary school but has anything changed.
Around the country -- school security since come on I think the school security in the United States has gotten much much better.
And I think we've done a tremendous job and in law enforcement and throughout this country to work on plans for active shooters.
Did you conceive a tremendous job the law enforcement community did by -- -- -- quickly swiftly and securing.
The safety the other members of -- school -- the other children.
I'm in terms school safety yes we do a better job in many us school systems.
We utilize electronic identification.
-- sign in sheets one access.
To -- -- one -- what entry to gay and want access to get out and I think we've come a long way since column by.
But to get to your point we we we still need to improve.
And part of improving -- for all of us in the law enforcement community to take lessons learned from all these different shootings whether -- from Virginia attack column -- under this.
And pool our resources together to come up -- solution based.
Provide to school system and work in concert with them to make our schools that much safer.
What we also earned a democracy before you know it a country that's based upon freedom we don't want to lock down our schools in some form that.
Gives away that freedom.
Rich marianas assistant director and special -- -- special agent in charge it ATF rich thanks so much.