Search for answers in Oregon mall shooting
Dr. Keith Ablow on gunman's behavior
- Duration 3:36
- Date Dec 12, 2012
Dr. Keith Ablow on gunman's behavior
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-- one of the big questions about this mall shooting story is the identity of this gunman who walked into a crowded -- mall last night.
And just opened fire on thousands of holiday shoppers who we're just you know out there -- do their shopping and have a nice evening.
All of a sudden they saw this man wearing dark clothing and a hockey mask like something out of -- harm movie.
Terrified shoppers were called the frightening moments after they started to hear these gunshots.
That that there for a time.
We started moving their way to the back and that clerks at the back came over and strange movement is all -- -- -- -- -- -- that every senator I bumped into several people and they're just not right this is from their lives.
-- less frightening scene that wasn't -- -- look at the personnel that filed in our swat teams.
Joined now by doctor -- tableau was a forensic psychiatrist and a Fox News contributor.
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Kids -- after the -- last night to do some shopping with their friend and -- -- kind of thing that just you know strikes terror in in the hearts of people in and you wonder.
A about the identity of this person.
And and what you know about his profile just based on what he did so far we don't know -- -- -- -- We don't know who it is but it's likely that it will turn out to be someone who either is laboring with a significant.
Major mental illness such that a delusion has said in.
Which we've seen before where someone thinks one saving the whole world.
Or -- and feeling very distant power in his life.
Because really when you dress up.
In this way in military guard down and you take -- gun.
You're saying something about how weak you really feel and other aspects of your existence.
And that's why you go in these people going to these settings.
Dressed as soldiers -- you know you'd be less noticeable dressed in your ministry guard -- abandoning.
-- year old little one -- can inspect tested they were they wanted to be dramatic they want this to be a scene and if you -- back to -- homes in the movie theater you know who did get character and this guy at a hockey mask kind.
Which is also familiar sort of you know terror movie image.
It is and it it's it it's in a terrible way empowering.
And also what I would predict is that as we Trace the steps here that will find that this is somebody for whom there were signs.
Didn't think that right homes for shore and we hear it again and again us.
So in terms of what he said he and the reports are that he said I am the shooter.
And then he started firing which is interesting -- -- a third person reference -- saying I and the shooter because he knows that that's the way he's gonna be referred to moments from that.
Absolutely and -- all the more reason to think this is someone who is ready to an anxious to abandon the trappings of his weaknesses his failings.
All of the ways in which he has come up short again and again perhaps depression has -- and we'll have to see.
But listen the other risk factor -- -- too many people.
Living -- third person existence is and it's a huge leap from fictional FaceBook profiles to this and get -- distant cousins.
This ability to slip the binding of your own existence to care not for -- one -- the suffering -- That's a lack of empathy and that is very widespread right now.
-- Frightening truly it is our very -- worry more about who this man is but you shed some light on.
Qualities that may be in his character of Doctor King babbling thank you very much checking out is America's nit champs but it's sad -- -- -- thanks Steve -- back.