Boise Police say that they do not know the motive for the mall shooting on October 25.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to the BPD recently to ask about a possible motive. Here is the response we received from Haley Williams, the Public Information Officer for the BPD,
A motive has not been determined at this time. While we have gathered evidence about the suspect and his history, it may be that we never determine an official motive.
The suspect in the shooting was Jacob Bergquist, 27, who shot and killed two people and injured at least four others. The two victims who died as a result of the shooting were Jo Acker and Robert Padilla.
Bergquist was taken into custody according to police but later died at the hospital due to a gunshot wound. It is still not known whether Bergquist died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or was shot by police.
BPD said in a press conference the time that their officers had exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
Bergquist said that he was a convicted felon from Illinois on his YouTube channel, which has since been taken down. According to his previous interactions with elected officials here in Idaho, including an attempt by Bergquist to talk to Governor Brad Little, Bergquist wanted to change Idaho laws regarding convicted felons possessing firearms.
Idaho Dispatch had received a tip about where Bergquist was living at the time of the shooting.
You can see what our live broadcast was in the video below:
According to some of the residents we spoke with in the area, Bergquist frequently rode his bike around the neighborhood. Residents also claimed that Bergquist open carried a firearm every day.
Idaho Dispatch will continue to provide further details if they become publicly available.
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