False alarms over mass shootings show a nation quick to fear the worst

BY RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, JACK HEALY AND JENNIFER MEDINA
WORLD NEWS


‘‘It sounded like a stampede of cattle,’’ Donna Melanson said — 30 to 40 people fleeing, terrified, through Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night. ‘‘Everyone is yelling, ‘Shooter, shooter, shooter,’ and they start diving under the seats to...

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