The lawyer for a woman charged with three counts of attempted murder following a shooting at a Gibsons care home says his client’s mental state is key to understanding what happened.

Linda Howe was arrested following the attack at the Good Samaritan Christenson Village in April 2009, in which two staff members were shot at and a manager was wounded.

Howe was facing eviction at the time and was shot and wounded by police when she allegedly tried to carjack a vehicle following the incident.

Witness Kenn Perrier said he hadn’t seen any drug or alcohol abuse, but was aware Howe had installed her own surveillance system because she thought care home staff were stealing from her.

Her lawyer showed the court notes written by Howe before her eviction that said she was fragile and overwhelmed, and asked Perrier about a brain injury the woman had suffered before she moved there.

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