1. WHY?

    Mom of Empire State Shooter Speaks

    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24:  A New York Police officer investigates by the covered body of a shooting victim near the Empire State Building on August 24, 2012 in New York City. Police said 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson shot and killed a former co-worker 41-year-old of Hazan Imports during an altercation at 10 W. 33rd St. with a .45 caliber handgun. At least eight other people were wounded, at least some according to police by the New York City Police officers firing at the suspected shooter, and were taken to local hospitals to be treated for what New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg described as non-life threatening injures.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    The mother of Jeffrey T. Johnson—the man who shot and killed a man outside the Empire State Building last week—wants to know why he did it. Her son was shot and killed by New York City police officers at the scene after Johnson pointed his gun at them. As soon as she heard the name of her son in television reports, she searched her memory for an explanation. Did it have anything to do with a life-threatening head injury in the sixth grade? Could the death of his beloved cat have tipped the unstable man over the edge? “I don’t blame police in New York for shooting my son because he killed somebody,” his mother said, “but for me, he hasn’t changed.”

    Read it at The New York Times