Chattanooga Shooting: New Facts Prove Shooter Suffered from Mental Illness
Tragedy struck on July 16, when four marines and one sailor were brutally shot to death by Mohammad Abdulazeez in Chattanooga, Tennessee just before he was killed by law enforcement. New details are surfacing about the 24-year-old killer’s mental health, speculating a reason for what may have prompted him to engage in such inexplicable behavior.
U.S. Attorney, Bill Killian, stated the Chattanooga shooting would be under investigation. Killian specifically mentioned it would be looked at as an act of terrorism. And though Abdulazeez could not be traced to ISIS or any other specific terrorist groups, according to Special Agent, Ed Reinhold. Abdulazeez wasn’t in the database as a previous offender for terrorism either.
During the ensuing investigation, some writings by Abdulazeez have been discovered. And though not the most current, they still revealed he was unsatisfied with the US government’s way of handling the war on terror. In addition to this, his words gave an impression of suicidal thoughts and ideations.
“It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence.” family members of Abdulazeez said. Abdulazeez was receiving treatment from a psychiatrist. And while allegedly suffering from manic depressive/bipolar disorder, depression, and struggling with drug abuse, according to CNN.
“I think mental health professionals would be not happy with what the parents are assessing, in saying, ‘Well, he was depressed, and therefore that’s why he became a killer like this,’” said CNN law enforcement examiner, Tom Fuentes. “People with depression do not turn, necessarily, into psychopathic killers — as he did.”
Stating the fact that
Abdulazeez was suffering from multiple mental illnesses doesn’t excuse him in any way for the five counts of murder he committed. But rather demonstrates that if a mental health disorder is left untreated or ineffectively treated. And then these horrific tragedies may be the end result. Abdulazeez’s family argued that the person the world was coming to know. “was not the son we knew and loved.” The family continued. “We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the honorable service members. And to the police officers who were victims of the shooting our son committed on Thursday.”
In addition to the five naval officials whom were shot to death during the Chattanooga shooting in Tennessee a police officer was harmed but survived.
Mental illnesses like manic
Depressive/bipolar disorder, depression, and substance use disorders. Including alcoholism and drug addiction, require regular maintenance of treatment for their disease. This means sufferers may need to see a psychiatrist. And therapist, doctor, take medications as prescribed by a professional, attend support groups. And/or 12-step fellowships in order to maintain their mental health. It is important to follow their treatment plan and not deviate from what the professionals have instructed.
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