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Man who shot psychiatrist was very sick, family says

BINGHAM FARMS, Mich. (AP) -- A psychiatrist who was gunned down by a man seeking treatment could have done little to help the severely disturbed patient, the doctor's family said Saturday.

"He was very, very sick," said Dr. Ilana Bar-Levav, who trained under her father and now practices psychiatry near Washington, D.C. "He needed more inpatient treatment."Joseph Brooks Jr., 27, killed Dr. Reuven Bar-Levav and a woman and injured four others before killing himself at Bar-Levav's office Friday afternoon. One of the wounded remained hospitalized in fair condition Saturday.

Police have not identified the other victims or provided any additional information about the shootings Friday afternoon in Bar-Levav's 12th floor office in Southfield.

The gunman had been diagnosed elsewhere as a paranoid schizophrenic and had come to the office several times, said Dr. Leora Bar-Levav, who practiced there with her father. The man could not be treated because he refused necessary medication and hospitalization, she said.

The Bar-Levav family said Saturday they don't understand what sparked the tragedy, but they hope Bar-Levav's research into mental stress will stop similar incidents from happening.

Following the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., the 72-year-old Bar-Levav wrote in an article that a return to family values and controls on permissiveness were necessary to prevent senseless shootings.

"What motivates kids and grown-ups to murder innocents is not the presence of guns but the absence of built-in values of right and wrong, one of the breeding grounds of blind hate," he wrote.

Bar-Levav was the originator of Crisis Mobilization Therapy and of A Unified Theory of General Human Motivation and Behavior, both dealing with the treatment of emotional stress.

Born in Berlin in 1927, he fled Nazi Germany with his family before coming to the United States.