Police say Stanwood shooting suspect felt bullied by caretaker

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 6:31 PM

One day after the shooting that rocked an assisted living facility in Stanwood, there's new information about the suspect's motive. 

Arthur Hames, 87, claims he shot the director of Josephine Sunset Home because he felt bullied.
 
That and other details about the shooting were revealed on Tuesday in a probable cause statement.
 
It says Hames admitted he planned to shoot and kill 57-year-old Roger Holbrook, and then turn the gun on himself.

Hames told investigators he shot Holbrook because "he'd been bullied by him over a period of months."  He said Holbrook was abusive to other residents as well.
 
Those allegations come as a huge shock to those that know Holbrook.
 
Holbrook is a former employee at Alzheimer's Association of Western Washington and was a volunteer for 15 years. He helped launch the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Mount Vernon more than a decade ago.
 
The people who work there consider him a friend.
 
"I saw it on the news last night and recognized the name of the facility, and I thought oh my God, I wonder if that's Roger," said Joanna Maher with the Alzheimer's Association.
 
She says Roger's passion was helping the elderly.  A Facebook post from his wife in which Roger asks people to pray for his alleged shooter and his family, in Maher's opinion, shows his true character.
 
"I think that says an amazing, amazing amount about the type of person he is," she said.  "There's no question the passion is there, and it probably will be his passion for his entire life."  
 
As for Hames, a judge on Tuesday set his bail at $200,000.  During a court appearance in which he struggled to hear and understand what was  going on, prosecutors said he admitted his intent to kill the victim.
 
Hames will be back in court on Feb. 7, which the judge set as a dismissal date.
 
Holbrook is now recovering at home from his gunshot wound to the stomach.  His daughter told KING 5 the bullet is still lodged inside him, and narrowly missed his liver.
 
She said the family is just grateful he's still here.  She also said her father dedicated his life to helping the elderly.
 
According to the Department of Health, Holbrook did have a complaint filed against him recently, but it was closed without action.  During his time as the director of assisted living, there are no records of Holbrook being disciplined.

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