Court Documents Reveal More About Shooting Suspect Hammad Memon
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Huntsville, AL - 15 year old Hammad Memon is free on bond, awaiting trial on murder charges for the February 2010 shooting death of fellow Discovery Middle School student Todd Brown.
On June 21st, a Madison County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Memon. With the indictment came a flood of new court documents about Memon and the case.
Some of the information includes :
- Memon has a history of being treated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Depression. He was being medicated with Zoloft and other drugs for the conditions.
- He had been previously suspended from school for what was described as "A.D.H.D. related paint activity"
- Memon had a previous run-in with juvenile authorities. In October of 2009, he was cited for Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. The arrest was related to a spray painting incident at the school that is believed to have been gang related.
- Memon has had stress related medical conditions since his arrest, including at least one trip to the hospital in April of 2010 where he complained about suicidal tendencies, abdominal pain, shortness of breath and coughing fits. He also suffered a self inflicted injury to his left forearm. He was treated, prescribed and anti-depressant and released.
- A psychologist report indicated Memon gets along with his brothers, but sometimes has a strained relationship with his sister. The psychologist also reports Memon had motor problems growing up and had difficulties making friends. The report shows that Memon's parents were concerned about problems Memon had with "impulsivity, attention, overreaction to problems, lack (of) self control". They also cited numerous fears and discomfort around new people and that they're concerned about his inability to calm down. Memon's mother is quoted as saying "My son is not normal. He is immature (mentally) for his age. He has become very depressed and withdrawn for the past 2 years, especially in the last 12 months. He does not have insights into what crime he has committed."
- The psychologist report shows his parents also had concerns about his temper and ability to multi-task. His parents reportedly were aware that Memon had joined a gang, and that he wanted to quit the gang.
- Memon complained of being ridiculed for being Muslim at school, and claimed he was called a "terrorist" by classmates.
- Memon attempted suicide in the summer of 2009 during a family trip to New York City. According the the psychologist report, Memon was scolded by his parents for not keeping a close eye on his siblings. The family went to eat and left Hammad alone in the hotel room as a punishment. While alone, Memon reported ingested a lot of different medication. Memon called a friend to tell her what happened. The friend told Memon to go to the hotel lobby and call 911. Memon followed the friend's advice and received medical treatment.
WAAY 31's Chase Gallimore is sifting through the more than 50 pages of documents released. He'll have much more on these shocking revelations on WAAY 31
MADISON, AL -- A Discovery Middle School student said she was a few feet away when Todd Brown was shot and initially mistook the sound of the gunshot for a popped balloon.
Janelle Lawrence, 15, a ninth-grader, said late Friday afternoon she was a few feet away from the shooting in the ninth-grade hall. Brown, 14, was talking to friends and Lawrence was talking to a girlfriend.
"I looked over and heard this big 'pow,' like a balloon popping," Lawrence said, adding that she and her friend both saw the gun.
The students Brown was talking to immediately ran away. Lawrence said she went over to Brown, who was lying motionless in the floor. She thought he might have passed out, but a girl standing next to her said he had been shot.
She said the girls yelled for a teacher, and teachers ran out of their rooms and pushed the students out of the hall.
Lawrence said the shooter went in a boys bathroom.
"He walked into the bathroom and put the gun in the last stall, is what a lot of the students said in their statements to the police," Lawrence said. "He just sat in the stall until police came and got him."
Lawrence said she shared a lunchroom table with the shooter last week. She said Brown, with whom she had a math class, was smart, funny and played on the football team. Lawrence said she thought she was in danger after the shooting.
"School is supposed to be a safe place," she said.
Lawrence said she doesn't know if she can return to school Monday.
"I'll be nervous," she said. "I know when I pass that spot in the hall that I'll cry."
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