Who is Eric Harris?

The name Eric Harris has been a focus in murder news for quite some time.  One young man by that name was declared to be a mass murderer as one of the shooters in the Columbine Massacre which occurred in 1999 in Colorado.  After the mass shooting, he took his own life.

In another case, Harris is considered a victim due to a shooting that took his life.  The shooting occurred in April of 2015 in the state of Oklahoma and involved a reserve deputy as the alleged shooter.  Both of these events are tragic, because lives were lost. 

In the first incident, attention was brought to potential problems such as bullying, medication, video games, and music.  The social climate, the Goth subculture and gun control were also explored.  These explorations attempted to answer the unanswerable question of "Why?"

The second incident had different concerns.  Since the shooting involved a white lawman who was a reserve officer as the alleged shooter and an unarmed, black man as the victim three issues came up.  First was police brutality.  Second was racism.  Third was the training of reserve officers and the engagement of volunteers in substantial police work.

Eric Harris: Shooter in Massacre

Eric David Harris who was eighteen years old at the time was one of two shooters in the Columbine Massacre in April of 1999.  This shooting is commonly known as the most deadly high school shooting in history.

Due to the incident, fifteen people ended up dead; twelve students, one teacher, and the two perpetrators who planned and engaged in the massacre.  The shooting ended when the two shooters committed suicide. In addition to these victims, twenty-four people were injured, but survived.

Eric Harris: Victim of Shooting

Eric Courtney Harris was a forty-four year old man.  On April 2, 2015 Harris died as a result of being shot by Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates.  Harris was running and by Bates' account, Bates intended to use a stun gun to subdue him.  Instead, he fatally shot him with a handgun by mistake.  Harris was found to be unarmed.

Robert Bates was charged with second-degree manslaughter.  He plead not guilty.  He was found guilty of the charge and sentenced to the maximum punishment, four years in prison.  At the age of seventy-four, he began serving the term.  

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