A few months before 19-year-old shooter open fire Monday at St. Louis High School family told the police that he gun and it was removed from home, officials said on Wednesday.
family knew the shooter had mental health issues and did “everything they could” to help him, including treatment, medicines and his on several times — but “sometimes it’s not enough,” said interim St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Michael Sack during news conference.
boss did not reveal how the shooter purchased an AR-15 type rifle after the police removed weapon months before the shooting at the Central High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. He also declined discuss how the shooter entered building despite the locked doors, security and metal detectors at the school.
“I understand that this is what everyone like to know reality each building – the school, and the business, the police headquarters – has weak points,” Sak said, adding that sharing the details of how a shooter entering a school could negatively impact the school district.
When asked if the shooter had to break glass to enter the building, the boss said he “had to force input.”
Rifle mother wanted gun ‘out of in house’
arrow family “knew” that he had received a gun, although it did not clear when he got the gun, Sack said. Bureau Investigation of Alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives are under investigation to trace the source of what gun sale.
“[The family] worked with our department pass this to an adult who could legally own one”, said the boss.
He said he counts firearms family contacted police about possibly the same AR-15 type rifle he was using in school shooting.
“[The family] contacted us and said that he has a firearm, I believe that it could be gun. officers, in their answer, relayed it over another adult who had the right to own it legally,” Sak said.
Is not clear who in gun was transferred or their relationship with in family.
” mother wanted it out of in the house so they made it easy party it was. How he acquired it after that, we do not know. know. We are looking into it,” he said.
The bag said interaction with arrow family and the police probably took place inside past several months, although he know the exact date.
A family ‘made all efforts’ help mental health arrow
arrow family cooperates with The police, Sack said.
« motheradult daughterthey worked with his. They are kind of was system where will they keep track of what might come in mail, its interaction with others and try to do sure that he is engaged to people that he feels loved,” he said.
shooter, who left behind a note in which he described himself as a loner and mentioned mass shootings, died after the shootout with law enforcement agencies.
Jean Kuchka, 61, a health teacher, and Alexandria Bell, 15, a student were killed in Shooting, officials said.
“Mental health is a complex thing. it hard to tell when someone is being violent and about to act out”Sack said.
“I should give credit for familyThey made all the efforts they thought they could reasonably make,” he continued. – That’s why mother so heartbroken over families who paid for his episode.