Killer’s armoury ‘fortified his paranoia’
"There is a lot of people out there suffering with depression and look what happens if they don't get the care and help they need; they lose the plot and lash out."
Friend Leah Cameron
Quinn Patterson rang his sister to say ‘‘goodbye’’ after shooting two women dead outside his house.
Sister Gloria revealed he left a voicemail saying he was ‘‘going to do something to himself’’ after gunning down Wendy Campbell and her daughter Natanya in cold blood in rural Northland on Wednesday.
Patterson then died as his house went up in flames following a standoff with police.
Two women lay dead and a third person escaped with injuries after a routine inspection of Patterson’s property turned fatal.
Patterson’s sister confirmed that her brother was not in a fit mental state before Wednesday’s tragic events unfolded.
‘‘I knew that he wasn’t in a good place but I didn’t know that he would do what he did – I didn’t know what would happen – but suicide was definitely there,’’ she said.
‘‘I started the grieving process a little while back with him so I’m already part way down.
‘‘It’s just too much, you can only stretch yourself so far and there is no time for me to even grieve.’’
Patterson had four siblings in total, including three brothers.
NO GUN LICENCE
Patterson did not hold a gun licence but was in possession of firearms, police have confirmed.
The revelation he owned an extensive arsenal has come as a surprise to close friend Leah Cameron but it did point to his ‘‘doomsday ideologies’’.
‘‘He did talk a little about fatalistic, end-of-the-world theories, so maybe that’s why he had a gun,’’ she said.
‘‘His father was into that sort of thing, the ideology of the world getting to a point where there is no moral compass anymore, and the financial systems collapsing and that we’d lost that spiritual thing that keeps us going,’’ Cameron said.
Patterson had amassed a vast amount of guns, including rifles, hand guns, a shot gun, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and even grenades – and had fortified his home in paranoia.
Since Wednesday, neighbours have recalled hearing ammunition being fired from Patterson’s property on a regular basis before the tragedy.
Cameron said he was in the middle of a depressive episode, with Patterson himself saying ‘‘I don’t want to be here ... I’m done with it’’.
Cameron said Patterson would often confide in her and the pair were texting a week before the shooting.
Seeing obvious red flags, Cameron urged Patterson to seek help and find a solution to which he replied: ‘‘What can I do? This world is no place for me.’’
The pair had known each other for about seven years and Cameron said he was outspoken, and a ‘‘seeker of the truth’’.
‘‘He had a mental health issue and his anxiety levels becoming worse ... he was really starting to struggle.’’
She said he was trying to hide from his true feelings and unresolved mental and emotional issues, not knowing how to deal with them – leading up his ultimate ‘‘breaking point’’.
Despite this, Cameron said he had good self-awareness of his mental state.
‘‘He would try different diets and nutrition. He has a good relationship with his GP.
‘‘But I think there is no one quick fix for a depressive mental health. It’s a journey and requires a lot of commitment to get well and I know that he did try.’’
Cameron said he was very misunderstood, and his assertiveness could often come across as confrontational and brash.
‘‘You could character assassinate him and say he had the classic psycho-type, nutter personality,’’ she said.
‘‘But this is just a man that has gone AWOL because he had a depressive mental health issue and those two beautiful people have suffered for it.’’
She said his mother, Burma, and father, Dale, had both passed away. He had three brothers and one sister, to whom he was very close.
He also had a wife and two grown-up sons in their late 20s and 30s.
‘‘It’s shaken the country up like an emotional earthquake and it’s brought up all these feelings of anger and sadness, revenge, hate, grief,’’ Cameron added.
‘‘There is a crisis in New Zealand in mental health, and we need to do something about it otherwise there might be another Quinn incident.
‘‘There is a lot of people out there suffering with depression and look what happens if they don’t get the care and help they need; they lose the plot and lash out,’’ Cameron said.
Contractor Jeff Pipe, who was brought along to install smoke alarms, was also shot by Patterson and remains in hospital in a stable condition.