The gunman responsible for the shooting in Oregon that claimed the lives of nine people has a background that parallels the shooter responsible for the Sandy Hook massacre.
Like Adam Lanza, the gunman in Connecticut, Christopher Harper-Mercer suffered from mental illness, lived a mostly solitary life with a mother who shared his fascination with firearms, the Associated Press observes.
Both women were long-time gun enthusiasts, amassed weapons and took their sons to shooting ranges as a means to bond.
“When you begin to bring guns into the home environment where you have that dangerous cocktail of behavior, that’s pretty unbelievable,” said Mary Ellen O’Toole, a former FBI profiler who directs George Mason University’s forensic science program, to the AP.
[ Associated Press ]