As we begin to take a look at the mass shootings that our nation has faced over the course of the last several decades, it is the job of authorities and investigators to help us prevent further carnage.
Of course, one of the most powerful ways in which we can help predict these tragedies is by looking for patterns in the cases that we were unable to preempt. If we can then distill these patterns down into common denominators of behavior, we may have a shot at saving a whole lot of lives.
As we peer into the darkness here in America, there does seem to be a pattern of sorts. Almost all of our mass shooters have been young, white men, often in their teens. Many seem disaffected and prefer solitude in social settings. And, more poignant still, a great many of these young men were prescribed anti-psychotic drugs prior to their rampages.
Such appears to be the case with David Katz, who the media have dubbed the “Madden Shooter”, as well.
The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed by The Associated Press.
Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore say that as a teenager he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and that he was prescribed anti-psychotic and antidepressant medications.
The records show Katz’s parents disagreed on how to care for their troubled son, with his father claiming his estranged wife was exaggerating symptoms of mental illness as part of their long-running and acrimonious custody battle. The couple divorced in 2007.
To this date, no conclusive scientific evidence has been presented that can tell us one way or another just what effect these medicines have had on these young men.