During a Saturday evening news conference, Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters said the Dollar General store shooting suspect “hated black people.”
Breitbart News reported that three people were killed in the shooting during early Saturday afternoon and that his parents called police to say he had left behind a manifesto.
ABC News noted that Sheriff Waters indicated the suspected shooter, who killed himself after killing three, carried out a “racially motivated” attack on a Dollar General in a predominantly black neighborhood.
Waters said, “He hated black people.”
The suspected shooter was armed with a Glock handgun and an AR-15-style rifle.
ABC News pointed out that the shooting suspect’s writing indicated “he committed the shooting because it was the fifth anniversary of when another gunman opened fire during a video game tournament in Jacksonville.”
At least one of the suspect’s firearms allegedly had a swastika on it, but Sheriff Waters said, “There is absolutely no evidence the shooter is part of any larger group.”
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