It has emerged that the suspected shooter who killed nine people in a Charleston, S.C. church last night was recently arrested twice on a drug charge and a trespassing charge.
Researchers familiar with the patterns of high profile shootings in the US will immediately be asking if 21 year old Dylann Storm Roof was a user of SSRI drugs which have been linked to many cases of mass murder and suicides.
WISTV reports that public records show Roof was most recently arrested in March in Lexington County on drug charges.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department told reporters that Roof was booked in the detention center on February 28 and again on April 26 after being arrested by the Columbia Police Department.
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The shooting occurred during a prayer meeting at the church, which Roof had been sitting in on for an hour, according to witnesses.
One witness said that a victim attempted to talk Roof out of the shooting spree. According to the witness, who garnered the information from the mother of the victim, “her son was trying to talk [the shooter] out of doing the act of killing people,”
Roof “had loaded — reloaded — five different times.” according to the witness, and “he just said, ‘I have to do it.’ He said, ‘You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”
A Facebook picture of Roof (see above) being widely used shows a clearly disturbed individual wearing a jacket with South African flags associated with the Apartheid era.
While the Charleston Mayor and the media immediately blamed the Second Amendment, and used this latest tragedy to advocate further gun control, those familiar with the MO of mass shooters in cases like this will be asking whether anti-depression drugs are once again involved.
As CCHR documents, psychiatric drugs have been involved in at least 31 different school shootings and other massacres over the last 25 years.
Despite it being reported that prescription drugs were found in the apartment of ‘Batman’ shooter James Holmes days after the Aurora massacre, it took nine months to find out exactly what those drugs were. Like Columbine killer Eric Harris, Holmes had been taking Zoloft, an SSRI drug linked with episodes of mania.
The connection between Zoloft and violent outbursts is well documented. Countless studies identify Zoloft as being responsible for more than 1,000 suicides and hundreds of episodes of mania and aggression.
There was also an apparent attempt to shield information concerning whether or not Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza was taking psychiatric drugs. In September 2013, we reported on the State of Connecticut refusing to release Lanza’s medical records over fears that divulging the identity of the antidepressants he was taking would, “cause a lot of people to stop taking their medications,” according to Assistant Attorney General Patrick B. Kwanashie.
Fort Hood gunman Ivan Lopez, who shot dead three colleagues and injured 16 others before turning the gun on himself in April last year, was also taking psychiatric medication before the shooting. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was also taking anti-depressant drugs when he massacred 16 Afghan civilians in 2012.
As the website SSRI Stories profusely documents, there are literally hundreds of examples of mass shootings, murders and other violent episodes that have been committed by individuals on psychiatric drugs over the past three decades. The number of cases is staggering, but the media has completely failed to generate a national conversation about the issue due to its obsession with exploiting mass shootings to demonize the Second Amendment.
Pharmaceutical giants who produce drugs like Zoloft, Prozac and Paxil spend around $2.4 billion dollars a year on direct-to-consumer television advertising every year. By running negative stories about prescription drugs, networks risk losing tens of millions of dollars in ad revenue, which is undoubtedly one of the primary reasons why the connection is habitually downplayed or ignored entirely.
Whether Dylann Storm Roof was a user of such drugs remains to be seen, but as they have been an instrumental factor in so many previous cases, it should be an immediate consideration for police and federal investigators.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.