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Sheriff, FBI blast The Atlantic for Spokane mass shooting hypothesis

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The Atlantic is drawing fire from local law enforcement officials for an article posted Tuesday which indicates statistically the next mass shooting will take place early next year in Spokane.

With the help of Mother Jones, The Atlantic took a look at the data from mass shootings over the past 30 years. Key factors they looked at included gender and age of shooter, how many people killed and injured, how often mass shooting occur, mental health and population of the town where those shootings happened.

The authors found Spokane fits the statistical perimeters. The article claims the shooting will happen in the shooter's former work place with a legally purchased semi-automatic weapon. They go onto write every assertion is a function of probability not fact.

Both the FBI and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich are highly critical of The Atlantic's article. The FBI said the article is baseless and without any foundation. Knezovich was a bit more critical.

"It sounds like junk science really, that's my initial reaction. I don't know how you plug in a bunch of demographics and come out with all those specific statements that came out to include the date, time," Knezovich said.

Knezovich said the concern now is this article planting a seed in the mind of someone who may be considering such an attack, and is encouraging all city and county leaders to write a strongly worded letter to The Atlantic and wants to know what was accomplished by writing this article.