Orlando Shooter's Mom: 'I Am So Sorry'
Suspect's lawyer calls him 'very, very mentally ill'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2009 1:25 PM CST
Jason Rodriguez makes his first appearance before Circuit Judge Walter Komanski at the Orange County Jail on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Pool)

(Newser) – The lawyer of the man accused of killing one and wounding five during yesterday's shooting spree in Orlando says his client is "very, very mentally ill." He offered few details but said Jason Rodriguez's alleged shooting spree "looks like a classic stress overload" set off by a chemical imbalance, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The suspect's mother, meanwhile, tearfully apologized. "I am so sorry for everything that's happened," she said. "This is very, very hurtful."

Police shed little new light on the case today. It appears that Rodriguez entered the offices of Reynolds, Smith and Hall, an engineering and architectural firm, and opened fire at random. Rodriguez told police that he blamed the company, which fired him as an engineer two years ago, for his current financial straits. A judge today declared him destitute and ordered him held without bail.

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Nov 9, 2009 11:41 AM CST
Hear, hear, Netstorm. I started late after many of my own adventures, but nothing has scared me as much as worrying about my kids. Damn. This is one sad story.
Nov 9, 2009 1:31 AM CST
So, if the guy has a chemical imbalance it is his mothers fault???
Nov 8, 2009 8:24 AM CST
This is why I'm so anxious about my parenting. I don't want to be apologizing for a rampage later on. Parenting is a scary responsibility.