I heard about this story, and it reminded me about a similar event in my hometown of Cary, NC. A troubled young man from a local high school held up a bank, and was fatally shot by police in a standoff. It was later revealed that the man had suffered from mental health issues, and that he was unarmed. One proposed motive was that he wanted to die, and used this as a way to get someone else to kill him. Both of these men suffered from mental health issues. Mental health needs to be addressed more directly in this country. The stigma surrounding these disorders need to be lifted in order to open dialogue and encourage others to seek help and prevent further tragedy.
I find this event not only sad but also very scary. My grandparents live in Bergen County in New Jersey and I have shopped in this exact mall multiple times. It makes me realize that you're hardly ever safe when you're out in the world. Lately there have been so many shooting that I've come to learn that you're at risk of being harmed in many places where you thought you would be safe. I think it is not only sad that you cannot feel safe out in the open world but I also think it is sad that some people have such chemical imbalances in their brain that they feel that shooting others is okay. I am not a violent person at all and cannot understand what goes through these shooters minds to lead them to do what they do. In this case though, the man didn't actually shoot anyone, except for himself. He seems like he was desperate to end his life in a dramatic way. Nevertheless, what happened was very scary and put many people's lives in danger.