Mental illness may play a role in Oklahoma City shooting
Suspect is off his medication, report says
A shooting suspect told police he is a mental patient and his intended victims worked for the government and had satellites watching him, a detective reported.
Harold G. Thomas, 61, was arrested Thursday after he allegedly shot up a Farmers Insurance office in south Oklahoma City. He is accused of firing three shots from his own business in a neighboring suite. Two men in the insurance office were nearly hit, the detective reported.
Bomb squad technicians spent hours Thursday examining suspicious items found inside Thomas’ business. The detective reported officers found an open gun safe there with several guns, rifles and ammunition as well as "several foil-wrapped objects and electrical tape-wrapped objects.”
Thomas told police he "is seeing visions and hearing voices,” the detective reported.
He also said he had been "off of his medication for over a year” and had been self-medicating with the energy drink Red Bull and the drug Lortab, the detective reported.