A professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln wants to know more about the mental health of the Orlando nightclub shooter.
Dr. Mario Scalora, who studies the detection, assessment, and management of targeted violence, says Omar Mateen may have just been a troubled individual, but he could have had an undiagnosed problem.
“We are seeing more people with clinical versions of mental illness who are being drawn to some of these extremist ideologies because they can learn about them online and use them to help facilitate their own grievance,” Scalora tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Scalora says mass shootings are becoming more common, in part, because such lethal weapons are easily accessible.
And while the FBI had previous contact with Mateen, Scalora says the agency is not to blame for the incident, because the agency likely did not see anything to tie Mateen to a planned, future attack.
“That being said, the jury is still out to figure out what the FBI was looking at,” he says.
Unless Mateen posed an imminent threat, Scalora says the government cannot lock up someone for his or her beliefs.
“There’s a lot of pressure on the FBI to try to figure out how to eyeball and determine the risks when you have folks like that going around saying things that could be potentially concerning.”
Scalora says he expects Mateen has left some type of note or video explaining why he committed the mass shooting.