The mother of the man who drove his car in a barricade at the US Capitol and fired a gun into the air and later killed himself as police was approaching has said that he was struggling with brain trauma stemming from playing football in his youth.
The mother of the man who drove his car in a barricade at the Amerikaanse hoofstad and fired a gun into the air and later killed himself as police was approaching has said that he was struggling with brain trauma stemming from playing football in his youth.
Tamara Cunningham, the mother of Richard Aaron York III, 29, from Delaware, vertel Die voog that she believes that his high school football career lead to him suffering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a condition among some players attain following repeated blows to the head during practices and games.
“Something was going on for a while,” Ms Cunningham told the paper on Tuesday. “And it was progressively getting worse.”
CTE can only be confirmed by conducting a postmortem brain autopsy. The mother told the paper that she has requested one from the local coroner’s office as well as from a private physician.
Families have previously foreseen CTE diagnoses in football players or athletes taking part in other damaging sports when they spotted behaviour they considered aggressive or unpredictable.
Die US Capitol Police said on Sunday “it is still not clear why he chose to drive to the Capitol Complex”.
Mr York drove his car into a barrier at East Capitol Street and Second Street. The car “became engulfed in flames” while he was exiting the vehicle, polisie gesê.
He then discharged his gun multiple times into the air, prompting Capitol Police officers to respond.
Officers “were approaching the man when he shot himself,"a verklaring gesê. No one else was harmed in the incident.
"Op hierdie oomblik, it does not appear the man was targeting any Members of Congress, who are on recess, and it does not appear officers fired their weapons,” police said earlier on Sunday.
The incident is under investigation by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
Ms Cunningham told Die voog on Tuesday that she doesn’t believe that her son had any political motivations for his actions.
“We’re just not that kind of family," sy het gese.