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Las Vegas therapist shares tips on how to de-escalate a tense situation

Police searching for suspect in Wednesday's shooting
Posted at 6:55 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 14:34:53-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Whether it's road rage or emotions going out of control, Therapist Latoyia Piper says when people are in frustrating situations it's vital to give themselves a pep talk.

"We are human, and we have emotions, but the reminder is, do we let those emotions control us or do we control the emotions?" Piper said.

Las Vegas police said Wednesday's shooting at an apartment complex on Riley Street near Sunset Road and Durango Drive happened because the suspect was somehow blocking a roadway.

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Police said two victims were driven to UMC, where one of them later died.

"In a nutshell, people can't control other people. All we can control is ourselves," Piper said.

She said making sure people have routines in place to take care of themselves is important.

Another option Piper said is having a mantra in mind.

For example, repeat a word, short phrase or something like "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul," from English poet William Ernest Henley, can also help in these situations.