Such is the risk of shooting at random. He is no hero for what he did, but he is interesting to observe as part of a symptom of something going terribly wrong in this society as these events seem to happen more commonly.
I can agree to this. It's just the implied message that I'm getting from you suggesting that this needed to take place. Obviously society is messed up but is there really anything we can't do about the increasing amount of mentally ill people? Even if we understand and act upon making everyone mentally fit there will always be a contradiction in someone's mind that will lead them to stupid decisions.
Throughout my life I really have noticed that one should not worry about every life outside their own, but there is a line to be drawn. Randomly shooting someone in a mall? I'm not going to say I'm moved by this or anything, but the victims never deserved such a thing, nor did their family deserve the pain.
It would be different if some drunk killed himself while driving. That would be a case of one's own fault. It's different in the shooter' case also. It was his decision so one should clearly not feel for him. The victims at the mall had no clue of possible consequences to an everyday action of driving to a location to buy items. I really feel that was ultimately unfair.