Colorado massacre an act of 'terror'?
Psychologist weighs in on shooting
- Duration 4:52
- Date Jul 23, 2012
Psychologist weighs in on shooting
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Welcome back everyone the suspect in the Colorado shooting massacre is due in court any minute now and as we learn.
New details about him more questions surfaced until very recently he with a Ph.D.
In neuroscience at the University of Colorado medical school with no previous criminal record.
He was though stockpiling a massive amount of fire -- buying thousands and thousands of rounds.
And ammunition on line.
Mass murder suspect -- up and a comfortable circumstance if you will in San Diego California his parents are reportedly cooperating with authorities.
And this pastor knows them well.
-- -- -- -- And so -- lot of character to it from my understanding.
This young man we live this life and he had some goals it was.
Little bit on the quiet side.
In one and when conversation it was obvious he was intelligent young man.
And he has some goals.
It's going to -- professional.
Again the -- pastor there how can understand what's in the mind.
-- an alleged mass murderer can even do that -- next guest says.
We should view this as an act of terror the shootings in the theater as an act of terrorism joining us live doctor Brian Russell forensic psychologist.
And an attorney who has -- cases like this before said doctor Russell before we get to that point about -- -- like to just ask you a little bit about process here.
Since we're gonna see this young man just a few moments and this time has anyone been able to -- -- to a preliminary assessment.
And his -- college she.
Typically Jenna at this point all the would have been -- would be.
And triage type in the -- to determine what kind of middle health services if any he may need in.
The jail so for example whether or not he ought to be on suicide watch which I doubt.
And the competency to stand trial and insanity defense types of the valuations will come later.
I see so it and it had been the data in depth as you mentioned just sort of a surface level so far as he's in custody -- for the pastor there the -- pastors say.
And this is really -- a character we make of that comment.
You know I think it speaks more to how little we really know each other sometimes.
I'm not so sure that this person really changed all that much I think that as time goes by people will gradually come out of the woodwork who knew this guy and will acknowledge having seen signs that he could become radical even volatile when the world and his life didn't go the way he wanted.
We are seeing -- description.
This being at a tragedy.
And it's interesting to see your description of it as an active terror why do you describe it that way.
Webster's defines terrorism as the use of fear as a means of coercion in essence to further one's goals through fear and I think this guy has a goal.
And agenda something to say something that the that he thinks is a cause and I think he is mass murder to give himself a platform to articulate and advocated.
-- -- just speculating at this time but when you say cause would be mean.
Well we don't know yet all we can do is compare him to other similar cases for example the Norwegian mass shooter Anders Breivik was very similar.
Engaged in a lot of planning preparation and practice and concealment of a mass murder committed -- and then surrendered fairly easily to authorities he didn't want to die in it because he wanted to say.
In his trial that he thought.
Norway -- is sad to multi cultural we don't know what this person's cause may be what he thinks is his cause.
But I think we'll hear and I think he's probably got something to say which is why I went to such great lengths not to get killed in the course of this.
And let's go to that point -- why is that often times we see cases like this they don't end this way with someone being taken into custody and you know without much drama according to reports.
As it professional that -- since these situations what do you make and that moved by this young man.
Well usually -- people who do these kinds of things want to go out and sort of a blaze of suicidal glory.
And when they don't it's usually because.
They've got something to say -- Doctor wrestling -- real quick here yeah.
How do you just make sense in this.
-- -- make sense it's.
This is good as it you know your doctor we're talking to as a professional but just isn't our regular person and -- how do you -- makes sense of -- this story.
Well and it's senseless TO NI and who are thinking rationally.
I don't think that this guy is gonna be incompetent to stand trial I think his mind was working planning well enough side to be able to function at the level which is relatively low that you need to be able did this to function to be competent to stand trial I don't think he's gonna meet the legal definition of insanity even though he may be clinically insane.
I think that --