April 20th, 2010
07:15 PM ET

Police: Suspected shooter had mental health problems

A man suspected of opening fire at a Tennessee hospital Monday, killing one and wounding another before killing himself, had a history of mental health problems, police said Tuesday.

Investigators searching suspected shooter Abdo Ibssa's home found medicine for psychotic problems and a note indicating that Ibssa believed a doctor at the hospital had placed an electronic chip inside him during a 2001 appendectomy, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV told reporters Tuesday.

"The suspect believed he was being tracked due to this chip," Owen said.

Owen said family members had committed Ibssa to a mental health facility in February, but it was not clear when he had been discharged.

Police said Ibssa shot three women outside the Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, Monday afternoon before shooting and killing himself.

Rachel Wattenbarger, 40, died from gunshot wounds.

The two survivors - Ariane Guerin, 26, and Nancy Chancellor, 32 - were taken to the trauma center at the University of Tennessee hospital. Owen said Tuesday that they were in stable condition.

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  1. Jayden Thomas

    in third world countries, mental health is never a priority.`,~

    June 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Ali

    mental health is more important than body health yet most people just ignores it.""'

    July 26, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sarah Clark

    mental health should always be monitored closely in the same way we monitor the health of our body'-:

    September 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Light Fittings 

    mental health is just as important as your organ's health so always keep your head in check too'~"

    October 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Infrared Camera :

    mental health should be our very first priority but often times it gets ignored-~.

    October 24, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Light Sensors

    mental health is of course very important but most people just ignore it and focus more on their body ":"

    December 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |