How Can We Prevent Workplace Shootings? Jillian Peterson says 90 percent of workplace mass shootings are carried out by an employee. She says security is really difficult when the perpetrator already knows the building and the safety measures typically taken during a crisis.

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How Can We Prevent Workplace Shootings?

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA - JUNE 02: A photograph of the victims of a mass shooting is surrounded by 12 candles during a memorial service at Piney Grove Baptist Church. CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES hide caption

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA - JUNE 02: A photograph of the victims of a mass shooting is surrounded by 12 candles during a memorial service at Piney Grove Baptist Church.

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Mass shootings always provoke grief, a search for answers and the depressing understanding that they will happen again.

Last Friday, an employee at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center opened fire, killing 12 people there and wounding others.

There was an immediate outpouring of sadness and political responses.

Today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that he will call the legislature back to work this summer for a special session on gun control.

Workplaces across the nation are dealing with these shootings.

Back in February, a disgruntled employee in Aurora, Illinois killed five workers and wounded five police officers at his workplace the day he was fired.

How are companies preparing for this type of violence? And how can they try to prevent it in the first place?

We spoke with Jillian Peterson about her research on workplace shootings.