“I don’t believe you will solve this problem until you look through the eyes of “the shooter”. Once the shooter is caught he is diminished as a human being, he is classified as the scum of the earth and in most instances, he is neither evaluated nor does he receive proper treatment. He is simply labeled as a criminal and imprisoned.
No one seems to establish a profile of the shooter. However, when there is another shooting, the same cycle occurs, the community is outraged, they run to the aid of the deceased and their family, “as they should”. They address causes and effects in general terms of poverty, lack of education, no strong family unit, lack of moral values the issue of guns and various police concerns and strategies.
Certainly the great amount of attention to the deceased and their family is most appropriate. But we must recognize also that in the eyes of many, the shooter is also a victim. It is not just enough to lock up the shooter and feel relieved that he has been punished. Let me strongly urge that you must start spending a great deal of time assessing who the shooter is and why he has become the shooter….You must provide the expertise and the resources to develop and establish a profile that allows the shooter to be possibly identified before he shoots.”