Monday, July 20, 2015

Mental Illness & Mass Murder

Fronm July 20, 2015 ABC News:
But there is no evidence so far that Mohammod Abdulazeez, 24 -- whose family insists he was deeply troubled and mentally ill -- was inspired by or directed by ISIS to carry out a bloody attack on U.S. military targets of the sort the Syria and Iraq-based terror group has publicly called for over the past year, the officials said....
Four days after the shooting, the FBI has not found any connection to overseas terrorist groups, but Mohammod Abdulazeez's diary says that as far back as 2013, he wrote about having suicidal thoughts and "becoming a martyr" after losing his job due to his drug use, both prescription and non-prescription drugs, the family representative said. 

In a downward spiral, Abdulazeez would abuse sleeping pills, opioids, painkillers and marijuana, along with alcohol, the representative said.
Three months before the shooting, Abdulazeez was arrested on April 20 -- a day celebrated annually by marijuana users -- and charged with drunk driving. The arresting officer noted a smell of marijuana in the car. 

1 comment:

StormCchaser said...

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that his actions were influenced by jihadism. He is a Muslim, and he attacked US military facilities, and he discussed becoming a "martyr."

This was a terrorist attack. The fact that the guy had issues is beside the point - most of these lone wolf terrorists do, and ISIS and similar outfits seek them out.