EUGENE, Ore. – Neighbors said a shooter at Emerald Park suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Lane County Sheriff’s office said Orlando Centeno shot and killed John Mills and wounded another before taking his own life on Tuesday, April 12 in the North Eugene park.

Centeno, who neighbors say served in the army, had previously been ordered to report to a veteran’s behavioral health and welfare center for menacing charges in March 2016.

According to Galyn Forster, a Eugene counselor, anyone who has experienced a potential life-threatening experience can suffer from PTSD.

He said often people with military backgrounds don’t seek help because of the stigma associated with seeking mental health services.

People suffering from PTSD often feel like everything is out of control, Forster said.

He adds that people suffering from the disorder can sometimes experience minor or exaggerated reactions to varying situations. He said this happens because the individual feels threatened.

“Their thinking brain goes offline, pre-frontal cortex is literally not being accessed, and the fight and flight instincts take over and you’re just fighting,” Forster said.

He said often times people suffering from the disorder can justify their actions in the moment. Forster said they won’t realize that they overreacted until after the incident is over.


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