08.05.2009 – A Man Goes on Shooting Spree at Local Gym
Last night around 8:15 pm a man walked into a local LA Fitness center and started shooting. When the dust settled, 3 women are dead, the shooter is dead, and over a dozen are injured in various degrees.
My step-father happened to be at a store in the same strip mall as the shootings occurred. Obviously, we were worried about him, but in the end he was fine.
It has come out that the perpetrator was a 48 year old, single white male who, as it turns out, was rejected by women throughout his entire life. He was an, obviously, deeply disturbed individual as attested to in his person blog…
http://www.wpxi.com/news/20289819/detail.html (his website was taken down, so this is a link to the transcript of the blog) (8.6.2009- it seems his website is back up…my guess is it crashed from excessive traffic. here’s the direct link, if it doesn’t work, then the one above should… http://georgesodini.com/20090804.htm)
I read this whole thing this morning. While it certainly angers me, it also deeply saddens me and makes me wonder how an entire society could reject a man so entirely as to drive him to this kind of act. It just doesn’t seem right. Obviously, it seems that the man didn’t take the steps that he should have to get help and fix the problems in his own brain, but I could imagine that a mentally sick person may not be able to identify that what they are doing is wrong. It’s all very deep and hard to wrap my head around.
I guess I just need to write about this and try to make some sense of it (even though there is probably no way to ever make sense of such an awful thing). It’s just deeply sad and deeply disturbing.
My heart and thoughts go out to all the families and friends of the victims. And maybe through reading the thoughts of this man, we might make steps towards being able identify the warning signs, and possibly be able to head off events like this in the future. I’m sure that in a world of over 6 billion people, we are probably never going to be able to completely eradicate this type of thing, but if we can stop ONE as a result, that to me, is a step in the right direction.