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Washington Post blasted for UVA shooting story's initial headline saying suspected gunman 'had troubled childhood, but then flourished'

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The Washington Post was blasted on social media Monday over the initial headline of a University of Virginia shooting story that said the suspected gunman — accused of fatally shooting three players on the school's football team and wounding two other students — had a "troubled childhood, but then flourished."

The headline appeared to have been changed sometime after 12:10 p.m. Monday to read, "Suspected U-Va. gunman was scrutinized by threat assessment team for weapon, police say."

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