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NYS University Police Chief Weighs in on California Shooting

It's now the deadliest mass shooting since Sandy Hook.

At least 14 people were killed and another 17 injured in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday when multiple gunmen opened fire in a service center for people with disabilities.

When a situation like this happens, the role of the media often comes into question.

Where is the line between informing the public and sensationalizing the crime?

Chief of New York State University Police said the media serve a critical role.

"I think the media's role in a case like this is similar to a natural disaster - flood, tornado, something like that. they serve a vital role in helping police get information out to the public," said Chief Timothy Faughnan.

While Faughnan said the impact of the media during crises is important, he also said sometimes they can take their influence too far.

"There's an argument to be made that this does possibly give the person what they want. They want the attention. They want the notoriety."

In either case, Chief Faughnan said the focus of these situations should always be how to reduce the opportunity for something like this to happen again.