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Motive Profile of Seattle Shooter Kyle Huff
When Kyle Huff opened fire on Capitol Hill [Seattle, March 25, 2006], gunning down six people before killing himself, he was likely seeking revenge, say criminologists and psychological profilers.
They want justice. In a big way.
"They're almost all a one-time incident. They plan well in advance, and they'll either kill themselves or die by suicide-by-cop," said Aubrey Immelman, a psychology professor at Minnesota's St. John's University.
Immelman profiled the killers of 12 fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. ...
"Ask yourself why did he pick that particular group?" he said. "If these were people in the rave scene, that's where his anger was; that's where his resentment was."
Huff may have felt rejected by that group, Immelman said. There may be a long history of feeling ostracized and inadequate, and things escalated until "the anger is so great that they take others with them. It's suicide with a big statement." ...
Huff was likely a 'loser' in search of revenge, experts say (By Phuong Cat Le, Hector Castro, and Mike Lewis, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 29, 2006)
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