Holmes was charged a few weeks ago in a Dairy Queen robbery, which may have been a factor leading to the shooting. The police chief said that he said there had been no indication that Holmes might be suicidal. Sometimes you cannot simply say because you had no indications of someone being suicidal will mean that they won’t do it. Something had to drive him to that point. Something led him down that path of hopelessness. I would venture to say that he was narcissistic in going out front of his classmates. That was almost a little selfish, but nonetheless something happened to this young man.
Local media reports said that Chelsea Smith, a fourth-year student, said she was seated in the gym bleachers when Holmes appeared at the top of the bleachers and walked down to the center of the gym court. “He had a gun to his head,” she said.
Smith said a coach walked toward Holmes, who pointed the gun at the coach until the coach retreated. She said Holmes then fired into the ceiling and shot himself.
This is a real shame that at such a young age he was already in the penal system. Statistics are against blacks in the correctional system and unfortunately, many enter at a young age. We have to do better for our children. While I do not know his family structure or his background, it still drives home the fact that he needed some help and nobody saw this coming.