New Mexico teen who gunned down 3 struggled after leaving sports team: report
by Haley Chi-Sing
18-year-old Beau Wilson, who New Mexico authorities say shot and killed three elderly women at random, reportedly struggled emotionally after having to leave his school’s wrestling team, according to NBC News.
The New Mexico teen was killed by responding officers’ gunfire Monday after gunning down Shirley Voita, 79, Melody Ivie, 73, and Gwendolyn Schofield, 97, who were all in cars. Officials have yet to release a motive for the shooting.
Wilson’s mother, Lorry Rodriguez, recently spoke with NBC News, saying her son relied on his high school’s varsity wrestling team for a sense of purpose as he dealt with his parents’ divorce and falling behind in classes.
“His life was going to practice, and when he didn’t have that, he had nothing,” Rodriguez told the outlet. “He didn’t have nothing to work for. That’s all he knew.”
Daxton Allison, one of Wilson’s former teammates, told NBC News Wilson’s exit from the team came as a result of a strained relationship with his head wrestling coach, Brent Stover. Stover recently resigned from the position, per the outlet.
Wilson was a senior at Farmington High School, where graduation was held Tuesday night.
Rodriguez blames herself for not anticipating the violence, saying she knew her son had purchased a firearm. However, she said she had no concerns over the purchase.
“How did I not know? I ask myself that,” Rodriguez said, according to NBC News.
New Mexico officials released body camera video Thursday of officers responding to the scene. One of the police officers shot during the incident could be seen falling to the ground. Other officers were seen giving the officer medical aid.
Police noted the weapons, although accessible to Wilson, did not belong to him.
Police also revealed that although Wilson had been wearing a bulletproof vest when he first opened fire from his home, he “deliberately removed the vest” prior to his encounter with officers as he was walking down the street toward a church