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A convicted serial killer who has confessed to 90 murders and was known for sketching portraits of his victims may be linked to even more unsolved killings in Louisiana, according to the police chief of a town where two of the slayings took place.

Samuel Little, who is already serving a life sentence for murdering three women in California, made the confessions last year while being held in Texas for the 1994 murder of Denise Christie Brothers. The FBI has said 78-year-old Little is in poor health and will likely stay in a Texas prison until he dies.

While in prison, last year he began confessing and drawing the portraits of his victims over three decades from memory with the encouragement of investigators. After Little admitted to killing two women in Louisiana, investigators said they are re-examining their cold cases to see if there are any more victims.

“You definitely can’t rule him out,” Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman told FOX8 Tuesday. “He’s volunteering this information, and I know based on our two, he was extremely detailed in the information he released.”

This undated file photo provided by the Ector County Texas Sheriff's Office shows Samuel Little.

This undated file photo provided by the Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office shows Samuel Little. (Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Louisiana police have previously said Little provided details about the strangulation deaths of Dorothy Richard, 59, and Daisy McGuire, 40, in Houma that “only the murderer would have known.” Richard was found dead in 1982 and the body of McGuire was discovered in 1996.

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One of those details Coleman pointed out was “something only the killer would know” — that McGuire’s family said she would carry a Bible with her.

“That’s one thing in Samuel’s confession to the Texas Ranger that I knew he was talking about Daisy,” Coleman told FOX8. “He didn’t specifically say her name, but he said she was short, light-skinned, nice looking lady, but she always carried a Bible and I was like, ‘That’s Daisy.’”

Samuel Little, 78, has confessed to 90 killings. Authorities in Louisiana are looking into cold cases to see if he is connected to those killings.

Samuel Little, 78, has confessed to 90 killings. Authorities in Louisiana are looking into cold cases to see if he is connected to those killings. (AP)

Officials believe that Little also committed petty crimes in the area at the time to support himself and was in the area before McGuire’s killing. Investigators also learned that Little traveled along the Interstate 10 corridor frequently in his travels across the country and spent time in the Houma area before McGuire’s killing.

Along with crimes in Louisiana, Texas and California, Little may also have killed people between 1970 and 2005 in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, California, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico and South Carolina, authorities said.

All of Little’s victims were strangled and their bodies dumped in mostly wooded areas. Because there were no gunshot or knife wounds on the victims, investigators blamed accidents, natural causes or drug overdoses for the deaths.

This combination of undated sketches provided by the FBI shows drawings made by admitted serial killer Samuel Little, based on his memories of some of his victims.

This combination of undated sketches provided by the FBI shows drawings made by admitted serial killer Samuel Little, based on his memories of some of his victims. (Courtesy of FBI via AP)

“He went on to kill an abundance of victims, that is scary,” Coleman told FOX8. “We have looked into some other cases around that time in 1996, also the latter part of the 70′s. There was another case that we brought when my detectives tried to interview him in October.”

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The chief said that Little didn’t admit to another case in the parish, but it was very similar to the two other Louisiana killings.

“He didn’t admit to it, but he made a chilling statement, and the statement he made was ‘I don’t know how I missed her’” he said.

In February, the FBI began releasing portraits of unidentified women made by the prolific serial killer in the hopes of closing out some of the cold cases.

The drawings were based on the memories he has of some of his victims, whom the FBI said were “marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs.”

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Federal officials have said that investigators are working with state and local officials to match the confessions and evidence of women found across the country during Little’s killing spree, but Coleman admitted to FOX8 it will be “hard” to know how vast his rampage was.

“We may not ever know the extent,” he said. “I know, at some point, I understood it was 90 something victims, I believe it’s more. I do believe it’s more.”

Fox News’ Katherine Lam and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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A convicted serial killer who has confessed to 90 murders and was known for sketching portraits of his victims may be linked to even more unsolved killings in Louisiana, according to the police chief of a town where two of the slayings took place.

Samuel Little, who is already serving a life sentence for murdering three women in California, made the confessions last year while being held in Texas for the 1994 murder of Denise Christie Brothers. The FBI has said 78-year-old Little is in poor health and will likely stay in a Texas prison until he dies.

While in prison, last year he began confessing and drawing the portraits of his victims over three decades from memory with the encouragement of investigators. After Little admitted to killing two women in Louisiana, investigators said they are re-examining their cold cases to see if there are any more victims.

“You definitely can’t rule him out,” Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman told FOX8 Tuesday. “He’s volunteering this information, and I know based on our two, he was extremely detailed in the information he released.”

This undated file photo provided by the Ector County Texas Sheriff's Office shows Samuel Little.

This undated file photo provided by the Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office shows Samuel Little. (Ector County Texas Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Louisiana police have previously said Little provided details about the strangulation deaths of Dorothy Richard, 59, and Daisy McGuire, 40, in Houma that “only the murderer would have known.” Richard was found dead in 1982 and the body of McGuire was discovered in 1996.

FBI WANTS HELP IN IDENTIFYING VICTIMS FROM PORTRAITS DRAWN BY SERIAL KILLER

One of those details Coleman pointed out was “something only the killer would know” — that McGuire’s family said she would carry a Bible with her.

“That’s one thing in Samuel’s confession to the Texas Ranger that I knew he was talking about Daisy,” Coleman told FOX8. “He didn’t specifically say her name, but he said she was short, light-skinned, nice looking lady, but she always carried a Bible and I was like, ‘That’s Daisy.’”

Samuel Little, 78, has confessed to 90 killings. Authorities in Louisiana are looking into cold cases to see if he is connected to those killings.

Samuel Little, 78, has confessed to 90 killings. Authorities in Louisiana are looking into cold cases to see if he is connected to those killings. (AP)

Officials believe that Little also committed petty crimes in the area at the time to support himself and was in the area before McGuire’s killing. Investigators also learned that Little traveled along the Interstate 10 corridor frequently in his travels across the country and spent time in the Houma area before McGuire’s killing.

Along with crimes in Louisiana, Texas and California, Little may also have killed people between 1970 and 2005 in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, California, Indiana, Arizona, New Mexico and South Carolina, authorities said.

All of Little’s victims were strangled and their bodies dumped in mostly wooded areas. Because there were no gunshot or knife wounds on the victims, investigators blamed accidents, natural causes or drug overdoses for the deaths.

This combination of undated sketches provided by the FBI shows drawings made by admitted serial killer Samuel Little, based on his memories of some of his victims.

This combination of undated sketches provided by the FBI shows drawings made by admitted serial killer Samuel Little, based on his memories of some of his victims. (Courtesy of FBI via AP)

“He went on to kill an abundance of victims, that is scary,” Coleman told FOX8. “We have looked into some other cases around that time in 1996, also the latter part of the 70′s. There was another case that we brought when my detectives tried to interview him in October.”

MURDERED MEMPHIS MOTHER MAY BE SUBJECT IN SERIAL KILLER’S SKETCHES, FAMILY CLAIMS

The chief said that Little didn’t admit to another case in the parish, but it was very similar to the two other Louisiana killings.

“He didn’t admit to it, but he made a chilling statement, and the statement he made was ‘I don’t know how I missed her’” he said.

In February, the FBI began releasing portraits of unidentified women made by the prolific serial killer in the hopes of closing out some of the cold cases.

The drawings were based on the memories he has of some of his victims, whom the FBI said were “marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution and addicted to drugs.”

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Federal officials have said that investigators are working with state and local officials to match the confessions and evidence of women found across the country during Little’s killing spree, but Coleman admitted to FOX8 it will be “hard” to know how vast his rampage was.

“We may not ever know the extent,” he said. “I know, at some point, I understood it was 90 something victims, I believe it’s more. I do believe it’s more.”

Fox News’ Katherine Lam and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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A pilot for an American Airlines subsidiary was arrested Saturday at the Louisville airport in connection to the 2015 killings of three people, Kentucky‘s attorney general said.

Christian R. Martin, 51, was taken into custody at the Louisville International Airport a day after he was indicted by a grand jury in the November 2015 murders of Calvin and Pamela Phillips of Pembroke and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

“I hope this is a day that brings some justice to these families,” Beshear said in a statement. “There are many steps from here, but we hope this is one example of when you never stop seeking justice, when you never give up, that we can truly get important results for these families.”

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Police said that Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in his Pembroke, Ky., home on Nov. 18, 2015. The bodies of Phillips’ wife, Pamela, and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau, were later discovered a few miles away in a cornfield inside her burned car.

Christian R. Martin. a pilot for an American Airlines subsidiary was arrested Saturday, in the 2015 shooting deaths of three people in Kentucky, the state attorney general announced.

Christian R. Martin. a pilot for an American Airlines subsidiary was arrested Saturday, in the 2015 shooting deaths of three people in Kentucky, the state attorney general announced. (Christian County, Kentucky, Detention Center)

Authorities did not give a motive for the killings or said what led them to believe Martin was responsible.

After the murders, officials said in a statement that Martin moved to Christian County, Ky., and was living in North Carolina at the time of the indictment.

Martin was arrested at the Louisville airport by authorities from the United States Marshall’s Service, Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Louisville Metro Police, according to Beshear’s office.

Ashley Martin of Elizabethtown, Ky. — who is not related to the suspect — was at the airport with her mother, Frances Wise, when the pilot was taken into custody and described the situation as “very tense.”

“It was like something you would totally see in a movie,” Martin told WDRB-TV.

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American Airlines said in a statement to Fox News that it is cooperating in the investigation, and that Martin has been a pilot for subsidiary PSA Airlines since January 2018. Martin’s jail mugshot shows him wearing a pilot’s uniform.

“All of us at American Airlines and PSA Airlines are deeply saddened to have learned about these allegations from 2015,” an American Airlines spokesperson told Fox News. “Our team was made aware of the indictment this morning after his arrest at Louisville International Airport. We have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members, and we will provide any investigative assistance possible to law enforcement throughout their investigation.”

Martin has been placed on administrative suspension, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The 51-year-old was being held without bond in the Christian County Detention Center on murder, arson and burglary charges along with tampering with physical evidence.

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Beshear said he met nearly two years ago with the couple’s son, Matt Phillips, who was worried the case had stalled. Beshear accepted a request from the local commonwealth attorney to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case.

Relatives of Calvin and Pamela Phillips had offered a $100,000 reward to help solve the case. Family members said Saturday they had an “overflowing of emotion, sincere relief, and absolute gratitude to all those who have worked diligently on this case.”

“Every day, we are haunted by what was done to them and haunted further that someone was still free to do as they wish, beyond the civility of mankind or laws of our nation,” the family members of the victims said in a statement. “We look forward to justice in court, and we look forward to a verdict to bring an end to this terror, and a fresh start at healing.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A Texas bartender accused of serving an intoxicated man who later went on to kill 8 people during a shooting rampage at a football watch party in 2017 was charged Tuesday with a misdemeanor.

Lindsey Glass, 27, was arrested Tuesday and faces a fine up to $500, a year in jail, or both, after allegedly violating a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code that restricts “sale to certain persons.”

“A person commits an offense if the person with criminal negligence sells an alcoholic beverage to an habitual drunkard or an intoxicated or insane person,” according to the code.

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Glass worked at the Local Public House in Plano, where Spencer Hight showed up on the night of Sept. 10, 2017, and was served despite displaying signs of intoxication at the bar.

Lindsey Glass, 27, worked at the Local Public House in Plano, where she allegedly served Spencer Hight after he was already intoxicated before he went on to kill 8 people at a football watch party.

Lindsey Glass, 27, worked at the Local Public House in Plano, where she allegedly served Spencer Hight after he was already intoxicated before he went on to kill 8 people at a football watch party. (Collin County Sheriff’s Office)

In a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission report obtained by NBC5, Glass had texted another bartender saying that Hight was in the bar earlier that day and “had 2 gins and he only had 2 beers and a shot when he came back [sic] I think he was at another bar while he was gone.”

She sent another text that read, “Spencer has a big knife on the bar and is spinning it and just asked for his tab and said I have to go do some dirty work … Psychoooooooo,” according to the report obtained by NBC5.

Hight left the bar and barged into the home of his ex-wife, Meredith Hight, killing 8 people before he was shot and killed by police. The Collin County medical examiner’s office found that Hight had a blood alcohol level of 0.33 during the shooting, which is about four times the state’s legal limit for driving. Police said that Glass did later follow Hight to the home and called 911 before leaving, but it wasn’t soon enough.

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The victims included Anthony Michael Cross, 33, Olivia Nicole Deffner, 24, James Richard Dunlop, 29, Darryl William Hawkins, 22, Rion Christopher Morgan, 31, Myah Sade Bass, 28, and Caleb Seth Edwards, 25. Carly Shockey was the sole survivor of the shooting after she was shot in the jaw, according to FOX4.

Eight people were killed when gunman Spencer Hight opened fire in September 2017.

Eight people were killed when gunman Spencer Hight opened fire in September 2017. (Fox 4 News)

The victims’ families have since filed a lawsuit against the bar for negligence for overserving Hight. The lawsuit states that Hight was stumbling around the bar and “ran into a large picnic table on the patio hard enough to move the table. He staggered back inside and again took a seat at the bar.”

The defendants have denied the allegations.

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In a settlement with the TABC last year, Local Public House agreed to give up its liquor license after the shooting. Under the settlement, the bar’s permit holder didn’t admit to wrongdoing.

“This case shows the critically important role that TABC-licensed businesses play in upholding public safety,” said Bentley Nettles, the commission’s executive director. “Anyone, including customers, business owners, or employees, should contact their local police any time they suspect a threat to the public. In some cases, shootings like this can be stopped before a life is lost.”

Local Public House’s attorney, Ryan Hughes, declined to comment to the Associated Press at the time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The man accused of killing five employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md. last year is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, his attorneys said Monday.

Lawyers for Jarrod Ramos said that their client “lacked substantial capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct” when he opened fire in the paper’s newsroom on June 28. Ramos, 39, faces 23 charges in connection with the shooting, including first-degree murder in the deaths of victims Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Ann Smith and Wendi Winters.

Ramos reportedly had a longtime grudge against the newspaper and had a well-documented history of harassing its journalists. Prosecutors, who are seeking a life sentence without the possibility of parole, say Ramos carefully planned the attack and barricaded the rear exit of the office to prevent people from escaping.

Ramos had initially pleaded not guilty. If he ultimately found not criminally responsible, he could be confined to a mental health prison facility. A November trial has been scheduled.

At a court hearing earlier this month, an attorney for Ramos made several references to his client’s “bizarre language” and “bizarre behavior” leading up to the shooting. Attorney William Davis said Ramos had “longstanding” mental health issues and a period of “mental health disturbances.” Davis also said a mental health expert has been working with the defense.

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The state will conduct its own evaluation to determine whether Ramos was not criminally responsible. A doctor independent from the prosecution will write a report with recommendations and that report will then be sent to defense attorneys, prosecutors and the court.

Generally, a judge or jury would consider whether the defendant is not criminally responsible after the trial.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Authorities said Sunday that seven bodies have been discovered at two homes in rural Tennesee, six of them in one location.

The bodies were found as investigators continue to process two homes in Westmoreland where the alleged murders took place, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said.

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Michael Cummins, 25, was shot and arrested Saturday night after an hours-long manhunt roughly a mile away from one of the crime scenes, according to officials.

Investigators said Saturday that police officers responding to a 911 call discovered four bodies and an injured person in one home and the fifth body in another home. On Sunday, the bureau said two more bodies were discovered in the first house.

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Michael Cummins, 25, was arrested on Saturday after investigators found several bodies in two separate homes in Westmoreland, Tennessee.<br data-cke-eol=”1″> (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

Authorities are working to identify the victims. The Tennessean newspaper reported that a 12-year-old girl was among the dead and that many of the victims were close relatives of the suspect.

The injured victim was in critical condition Sunday evening.

“I’ve been district attorney since 1980, and I’ve never seen anything close to this before,” Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley told The Tennessean. “Everybody’s shocked about it and upset about it. It’s something very, very hard to grasp.”

The TBI believes the scenes at the two homes in Sumner County are related, but have not released further information about the shootings or about what kind of weapon was used.

TBI spokesperson Josh DeVine told The Associated Press on Saturday that at least one officer fired at Cummins after he emerged from the woods, where he is believed to have produced multiple weapons and the situation escalated.

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He was then taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, DeVine said. None of the responding officers were hurt in the incident.

The Tennessean reported that Cummings has a lengthy criminal history and most recently pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated arson and aggravated assault in July of last year. He also pleaded guilty to domestic assault in August 2017, as well as theft and evading arrest in April of that year.

Westmoreland is located near the Kentucky border, approximately 40 miles northeast Nashville.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Authorities said Sunday that seven bodies have been discovered at two homes in rural Tennessee, six of them in one location.

The bodies were found as investigators continue to process two homes in Westmoreland where the alleged murders took place, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said.

RELATED: ‘PERSON OF INTEREST’ IN 5 DEATHS IS SHOT, CAPTURED IN TENNESSEE, AUTHORITIES SAY

Michael Cummins, 25, was shot and arrested Saturday night after an hours-long manhunt roughly a mile away from one of the crime scenes, according to officials.

Investigators said Saturday that police officers responding to a 911 call discovered four bodies and an injured person in one home and the fifth body in another home. On Sunday, the bureau said two more bodies were discovered in the first house.

Authorities are working to identify the victims. The Tennessean newspaper reported that a 12-year-old girl was among the dead and that many of the victims were close relatives of the suspect.

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Michael Cummins, 25, was arrested on Saturday after investigators found several bodies in two separate homes in Westmoreland, Tennessee.<br data-cke-eol=”1″> (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

The injured victim was in critical condition Sunday evening.

“I’ve been district attorney since 1980, and I’ve never seen anything close to this before,” Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley told The Tennessean. “Everybody’s shocked about it and upset about it. It’s something very, very hard to grasp.”

The TBI believes the scenes at the two homes in Sumner County are related, but have not released further information about the shootings or about what kind of weapon was used.

TBI spokesperson Josh DeVine told The Associated Press on Saturday that at least one officer fired at Cummins after he emerged from the woods, where he is believed to have produced multiple weapons and the situation escalated.

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He was then taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, DeVine said. None of the responding officers were hurt in the incident.

The Tennessean reported that Cummings has a lengthy criminal history and most recently pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated arson and aggravated assault in July of last year. He also pleaded guilty to domestic assault in August 2017, as well as theft and evading arrest in April of that year.

Westmoreland is located near the Kentucky border, approximately 40 miles northeast Nashville.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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On the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, one of the survivors, Austin Eubanks, described to Fox News how he handled the tragedy which left him wounded and his best friend dead.

“I completely disassociated,” Eubanks told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Saturday. “I’ve always been able to recall everything that happened that day but it was almost as if I was watching it on television. I wasn’t present in my own body.”

When the shooting happened, Eubanks said, he was on his way to lunch and talking with friends. “That was when the shooting started. Moments later, a teacher ran through those doors yelling for everybody to get under the tables.”

Eubanks was shot twice and afterwards, took medication that led to addiction during his twenties.

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“I was prescribed medications for my physical injuries and immediately, I became drawn to those medications because of how they improved the underlying symptoms of emotional pain,” he said during his appearance on “Cavuto Live.”

He went on to help others resolve emotional pain they felt from undergoing traumas like his. As Cavuto noted, Columbine was just the beginning of a series of mass shootings that would affect American schools over the next two decades.

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“I tell people who are struggling, the most crucial piece of recovery is staying connected to other human beings for support because we are so prone to detachment and there is countless adversity that comes with that,” he added.

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Eubanks’ comments came just after an 18-year-old woman, who was “infatuated” with the shooting, threatened violence in the Denver area. By Wednesday, the woman, Sol Pais, had committed suicide and the FBI reported that there was “no longer a threat to the community.”

When Cavuto asked Eubanks about Pais, Eubanks described Columbine as an event that captured public attention like the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11. “Everybody has an emotional attachment to Columbine and I think unfortunately, for those who are mentally deranged or unstable, it’s created this fascination.”

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Columbine shooting survivors and the families of those who died say the upcoming 20th anniversary of the massacre is conjuring up feelings of pain, hope, love and despair – on top of their concerns of the unexpected as they watch their own children head off to school each day.

The attack on April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado, forever changed the debate about gun violence in American schools. Now two decades later, the children of Dave Sanders — the lone teacher who died in the shootings at Columbine High School – say strangers still come up to them to thank them for their father’s heroics that day. Sanders has been credited with leading dozens to students to safety before succumbing to his wounds.

“I run into kids who had him as a teacher, and one of them said, ‘Can I take a picture of you holding my child?’ And I said, ‘Why?’ And they said, ‘Because he wouldn’t be here without your dad,’” Coni Sanders told Fox31 in an interview this week.

“And so we’re seeing these generations of kids who had a chance to grow up to be adults and parents and grandparents [because of my dad],” she added. “My sisters and I are so proud.”

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Kacey Ruegsegger, 17, is wheeled from a Denver hospital by Patty Anderson, center, after being released in May 1999. Walking beside her are her parents Greg, left, and Darcy, right. Ruegsegger Johnson survived a shotgun blast during the shootings at Colorado's Columbine High School that left 12 students, one teacher, and both gunmen dead.

Kacey Ruegsegger, 17, is wheeled from a Denver hospital by Patty Anderson, center, after being released in May 1999. Walking beside her are her parents Greg, left, and Darcy, right. Ruegsegger Johnson survived a shotgun blast during the shootings at Colorado’s Columbine High School that left 12 students, one teacher, and both gunmen dead. (AP/File)

For survivors like Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson though, the emotional toll remains heavy as she lives out her life post-Columbine and watches her four children grow up. For the last 20 years, she has lived with post-traumatic stress disorder, along with physical pain. She worked as a nurse until the injuries to her arm – caused by a shotgun blast to her right shoulder during the massacre — forced her to stop.

“I’m grateful I have the chance to be a mom. I know some of my classmates weren’t given that opportunity,” Ruegsegger Johnson told the Associated Press, with tears in her eyes. “There are parts of the world I wish our kids never had to know about. I wish that there would never be a day I had to tell them the things I’ve been through.”

In an interview with the news agency published this week, Ruegsegger Johnson revealed how she would cry most mornings as her children left her car, and that she relied on texted photos from their teachers to make it through the day.

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On a recent sunny spring morning, she helped her kids find their book bags and tie their shoes before ushering them to her car. She prayed aloud as they neared the school, giving thanks for a beautiful morning and asking for a day of learning and friendship. And as always, the Associated Press says, she made a silent addition: Keep them safe.

Amy Over, who escaped the cafeteria at Columbine during the mass shooting, says she saw Sanders in the last hours of his life. She suffered no physical injuries from the attack, but has struggled emotionally for years.

Over told the Associated Press that waving goodbye to her daughter on the first day of preschool triggered a panic attack — the first of many. She was diagnosed with chronic panic disorder, underwent therapy and found new strategies for her life as a mother of two.

She now coaches her 13-year-old daughter Brie when she ventures to places outside her mom’s control: Where is the closest exit? What street are you on? Who is around you?

“I never want my kids to feel an ounce of pain, the way that I felt pain,” Over said. “I know that that’s something that I can’t control. And I think that’s hard on me.”

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Members of a police SWAT team march to Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.

Members of a police SWAT team march to Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. (AP/File)

Over says she first told Brie about her experience at Columbine two years ago, a few days before the anniversary.

That April 20, they visited the school for a memorial ceremony that included a reading of the names of the 13 people killed. Afterward, the Overs walked together through the quiet school.

Over told the Associated Press that opening up to her daughter was cathartic and so they have continued to attend annual memorial events, now imbued with a gentler tone with the girl by her side.

“It’s a day of reflection,” Over said. “It’s a day of love and hope. And I get to share that with my daughter.”

Frank DeAngelis, the principal of Columbine when the shooting happened, told CBS News in a recent interview that he starts his days reflecting on the 13 who were killed in the attack.

“Every morning when I wake up, as soon as I get out of bed I recite the names of my beloved 13,” he said. “I’ve done it since the shootings happened and they are not with us physically but spiritually, they’re with me every day.”

Michelle Wheeler, another survivor who appeared alongside him and now teaches middle school English in Columbine’s district, said she has given up on trying to figure out why the “broken souls” behind the attack carried it out.

“I’ve forgiven them. I think they lost their lives way before the 20th,” she said. “There is nothing I would get out of knowing why.”

Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson poses for a portrait at her home in Cary, N.C., in late March. (AP)

Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson poses for a portrait at her home in Cary, N.C., in late March. (AP)

Wheeler also said wherever she goes with her daughter, she is on alert for potential escape routes.

“We’ll be in the doctor’s office… and I’ll say ‘show me five places where you’ll hide’,” she told CBS News. “Because it could happen anywhere and I want her to be prepared. And I think it makes me feel prepared.”

“We’ll be in the doctor’s office… and I’ll say ‘show me five places where you’ll hide… Because it could happen anywhere and I want her to be prepared. And I think it makes me feel prepared.”

— Michelle Wheeler

Austin Eubanks, who survived being shot in the Columbine library, is among those who doesn’t fear the schools his sons, ages 13 and 9, attend.

Instead, he laments that active-shooter drills, video surveillance and armed guards are all too routine for them — as natural as a tornado drill was for him growing up in Oklahoma.

“We are so unwilling to actually make meaningful progress on eradicating the issue,” said Eubanks, who remains scarred by watching his best friend, Corey DePooter, die. “So we’re just going to focus on teaching kids to hide better, regardless of the emotional impact that that bears on their life. To me, that’s pretty sad.”

Isolation, depression, addiction and suicide are among the larger dangers he sees facing his kids’ generation, and he knows firsthand the damage those can cause.

A woman embraces her daughter after they were reunited following the Columbine High School shooting. (AP/File)

A woman embraces her daughter after they were reunited following the Columbine High School shooting. (AP/File)

For more than a decade after the attack, Eubanks was addicted to prescription pain medication, according to the Associated Press. He got sober in 2011 and began repairing his family, including his relationship with his sons and their mother. He now works at an addiction treatment facility and travels the country telling his story.

At home in Colorado, he tries to help his sons become attuned to pain others may be feeling. He encourages them to talk to an adult when peers seem so angry or afraid that they may need help. He tries to remember that — for them — all of the changes in schools are just normal.

He was horrified by videos that Marjory Stoneman Douglas students shot in Parkland, Florida, last year as they hid inside a classroom while a gunman moved through the halls of the high school. He has urged his own boys to always try to escape first — whatever it takes — even if school safety drills advise staying put.

“These are my children, and what I care about most is their safety,” he said. “And I know that for them, in a situation like that, getting away from it as quickly as possible is the best likelihood of success.”

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And he still honors DePooter when going fly-fishing in the wilderness, according to Fox31.

“When I’m out there and I catch a fish that’s of above-average size, I kind of give him a nod and say, you know, ‘He was with me today,’” Eubanks told the station.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Police in Aurora, Illinois released surveillance video on Wednesday of the mass shooting that left five people dead and five officers injured at a manufacturing warehouse in February.

The footage is a “portion” of the events that happened at Henry Pratt Co. — one of the largest makers of industrial water valves — when Gary Martin, a 45-year-old disgruntled employee, opened fire.

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The clip showed four camera angles that included police pulling up to the warehouse, and Martin after the shooting. After police arrived on scene and ran to the building, he appeared to pace the lobby, often looking through the front doors throughout the nearly 10-minute-long video.

This undated booking photo provided by the Aurora Illinois Police Department shows Gary Martin.

This undated booking photo provided by the Aurora Illinois Police Department shows Gary Martin. (Aurora Illinois Police Department via AP)

A few minutes in, Martin could be seen shooting at the police officers through the front door. Soon after, an armored police truck was seen ramming the lobby doors, before seven armed officers slowly entered the building.

The footage ended there. Martin, a 15-year-old employee of the company, was killed at the scene. He was shot six times, one of which was likely self-inflicted, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing autopsy results.

The Aurora Police Department wrote on Facebook, alongside the video, that Martin had one pistol and eight pistol magazines on him, and he fired 64 rounds during the incident.

Police said they “were not careless” in releasing the surveillance footage, and chose to do so to be transparent with the community.

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“We agree that you have a right to see for yourself what transpired at the Henry Pratt facility that day where, sadly, five members of our community lost their lives, and five of our police officers were shot while simply doing their jobs,” police wrote.

Clayton Parks, 32, Vicente Juarez, 54, Josh Pinkard, 37, and Russell Beyer, 47, were killed in the shooting. Trevor Wehner, a 21-year-old intern at his first day on the job, was also killed.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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