There are more than a few signs, beyond the obvious, that the Oklahoma shooter had some screws loose. Obviously opening fire on innocent people in an Oklahoma restaurant indicates he is mentally disturbed, but the man identified as the shooter made some pretty wacky claims both online and in an interview. The police in Oklahoma are still working to discover a motive that led to the Thursday night attack and have found no connection between the 28-year-old gunman and the people inside.
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Alexander Tilghman injured four victims inside the restaurant but police say the only contact they made with him was during a domestic assault and battery call when Tilghman was 13. A 2003 arrest report said Tilghman was arrested for punching his mother several times during a dispute over a vacuum cleaner. Oklahoma City Police Capt. Bo Mathews said the shooting appeared to be random but said that Tilghman was wearing eye and ear protection.
"It looked like his mind was made up that he was going to discharge his firearm once he got there," Mathews said at a press conference Friday. Police identified a Facebook page they said belonged to Tilghman where a video was posted in which he claims his television is possessed by the devil. A YouTube channel with the same profile picture also appears to feature Tilghman where he claims demons are possessing his TV and he is being surrounded by computers. Another video featured claims he was being followed by a demonic squirrel.
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Tilghman calmy begs for help from "a real human," and admits he is suicidal, lonely and "really losing it." Troy Stevenson, the director of the LGBT rights group called Freedom Oklahoma, said Tilghman distributed flyers across Oklahoma City earlier this year that warned of demons taking over people's bodies. A reporter from The Gayly conducted an interview with Tilghman in January where he warned of "demons in cloned transexual bodies." Tilghman's vehicle was plastered in similar messages.
Tilghman's brother said he was a licensed armed security guard and was authorized to carry a firearm but needed mental health treatment. "Nobody reached out to him, you know. He was crying for help," his brother said. To obtain the firearms license Tilghman had one is required to pass a background check and at least 72 hours of training. The nightmare situation at the restaurant Thursday night ended when two other licensed firearms owners fatally shot Tilghman.
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