The family of the author of the shooting that killed two people at a high school in St. Louis (Missouri, United States) on Monday had already alerted the police that they had a weapon, and even That psychological help was also sought.
At a press conference, police reported that the mother of African-American Orlando Harris – the 19-year-old man identified as the perpetrator – had contacted him and advised that her son had a firearm, which was confiscated and handed over to him. was handed over. To another person, an unknown adult.
Officials did not rule out that the weapon used in the shooting, the AR-15 type rifle, was the same as that taken from him.
Police also reported that Harris’s family had sought psychological help and had on a few occasions kept her in hospital for being mentally ill.
In addition to the rifle, Harris, who was an alumnus of the institute and was shot by police, had 600 rounds of ammunition.
Harris left a note in his car that read, “I don’t have any friends. I don’t have any family. I’ve never had a girlfriend. I have never had a social life. All my life I have been a single bachelor. It was the perfect storm for mass shooting.”
The victims were identified as a 61-year-old woman and a 16-year-old woman, while seven others were injured.
Shooting at the Central Institute of Visual and Performing Arts took place around 9:10 a.m. local time (2:10 a.m. GMT).
When the police reached the spot, they found the students running from the campus, who informed them that a man was shooting inside.
The attacker and the police opened fire until the youth was injured and then taken to a hospital, where he later died.
In recent years, there has been an increase in shootings in educational centers in the United States, such as the one at Rob Elementary in Uvalde with 26 deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 or the murder of 19 children and two teachers.