October 27, 2022 – In Breaking News – The Guardian
The 19-year-old suspect who killed a teacher and a 15-year-old student in a shooting spree at a St Louis high school on Monday had the assault rifle he used confiscated by police just days before his attack.
The St Louis police commissioner has confirmed that shortly before the school shooting, officers were called to the man’s home by his parents, who were worried about him and wanted the AR-15-style rifle removed.
“The mother at the time wanted it out of the house,” the commissioner said.
(Two people were killed and seven others injured by an armed suspect in a shooting at a St. Louis, Missouri, high school, authorities said. The suspect was shot and killed by police inside the school. The two deceased victims, one adult, and one teen were not immediately identified. Courtesy of LiveNOW from FOX and YouTube. Posted on Oct 24, 2022.)
A police statement obtained by the St Louis TV station KMOV records that officers took the view the teenager was lawfully permitted to possess the weapon despite substantial evidence of troubled behavior.
His family told police they had arranged for the teen to be treated for mental health issues, had put him on medication, and had even overseen a stay in a mental health institution.
It appears police arranged for the rifle to be taken away by a “third party known to the family”, but that the teenager took it back. It is not known how he regained possession, though St Louis police have confirmed it was the gun used in Monday’s deadly attack.
(St. Louis police say the 19-year-old school shooting suspect left a ‘manifesto’ behind after the deadly attack. Two people were killed, seven others injured in the school shooting. Courtesy of LiveNOW from FOX and YouTube. Posted on Oct 25, 2022.)
Sack said the family “made every effort that they felt that they reasonably could. I think that’s why the mother is so heartbroken over the families that paid for his episode”.
The tragedy in St Louis underlines the difficulties with the implementation of so-called “red flag” laws which seek to take guns from individuals wrestling with mental health and other problems.
(St. Louis authorities reveal that the 19-year-old gunman who killed a teacher and a student at his alma mater had a long history of mental health struggles, and his family tried to get help. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Posted on Oct 26, 2022.)
In June, Congress passed the first significant gun control bill in almost 30 years. It included tighter background checks on people aged 18 to 21 trying to buy guns, involving a review of mental health and juvenile records held by state and local law enforcement.
In the St Louis case, KMOV said police were called to the shooter’s house at least six times. Two of the call-outs were in July, for an accident and a suicide attempt.
“Last year, police were called to the home three times, including for something involving a weapon. Another call was for the Crisis Response Unit,” KMOV reported.
(Alumni from Central Visual and Performing Arts High School supported those mourning the loss of 15-year-old Alexzandria Bell and 61-year-old Jean Kuczka. Courtesy of FOX 2 St. Louis and YouTube. Posted on Oct 27, 2022.)
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