Las Vegas Pinoy shooter showed possible signs of depression

by Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN News


LAS VEGAS — Questions continue to loom on what triggered Las Vegas suspect Rolando Cardenas during the Saturday standoff last week, which caused three hours of lockdown on the Las Vegas Strip. Because of this tragic incident, some Pinoy bus commuters are concerned about their safety.

The deadly shooting on board a bus on the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday left many wary, especially those who use public transportation on a daily basis.

“I never expected that to happen, so from that time on I worry. We worried. We always take the bus everyday in going to work,” said Imelda Agave, a concerned bus commuter.

The suspect, 55-year-old Rolando Cardenas, was born in Kawaii, Hawaii, and moved to Las Vegas in 2008. During the arraignment, none of his family members were present at the courthouse.

Police reports state that during the exchange of words between Cardenas and the tactical operation team of Las Vegas Metro Police, Cardenas said that he has been jobless for three years, and recently became homeless.

Dr. Rhigel Alforque Tan of iCare Psychiatry says that these are possible signs of depression.

Tan says that the chemical imbalance in the brain that may cause depression is the same chemical that can cause anxiety, since depression and anxiety do co-exist.

According to police reports, Cardenas said felt intimidated by the size of a large male passenger who was seated next to him.


“A stressor can be as simple as threat to physical self. If you will look at also psychologically, an individual has also threatened low self esteem, having loss of job for about three years… there’s also environmental stress where he became homeless,” said Tan.

Tan says that episodes like this can be prevented if the person seeks help and medical attention.

Meanwhile, community leader Rey Espina says that there are resources in the Fil-Am community.

“I was shock,” Espina says. “I think the best thing to do is since nangyari na yun but it could happen to anyone na mawalan ng trabajo… there are a lot of resources. There are a lot of community organizations, Filipino organizations that we would like to function as one also to help out with our kababayans.”


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