SEOUL, May 14 (Korea Bizwire) — As the killer behind a shooting spree at a military training camp in Seoul on May 13 was reported to have opened fire on reservists while taking aim at their upper bodies, professionals are suggesting a few possibilities of what triggered the carnage.
The murderer had been classified as a soldier requiring more diligent monitoring when he was on active duty. Some are also speculating that as the military training session lasted overnight, there might have been conflict between the killer and his peers. Others are suggesting that the killer had impulse control disorders.
Lee Soo-jeong, a professor of Criminal Psychology at Kyonggi University, said the case appears to be a typical random assault. Lee said that in most cases, the assailant usually feels damaged and victimized, and is thus very vengeful towards anyone in their sights.
Lee Woong-hyeok, a professor in the Criminal Psychology Department at Konkuk University, said the case shares a lot of characteristics with shooting sprees abroad. He also suggested the possibility that the killer had experienced conflict with his peers during the one night and two days of training.
In February, a man killed family members with a hunting gun before taking his own life.
A case of random assault also occurred in March, when a man in his fifties stabbed three men at a day laborer resource office in Jinju, for no apparent reason, with two of the victims succumbing to their injuries. A female college student in Gunsan stabbed a man in the thigh last August.
By M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)