The New York Times reports:
A white gunman wearing a tactical vest barged into a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday and fatally shot three Black people in an attack that the authorities said they were investigating as a hate crime.
The gunman, who has not been publicly identified and was described as being in his early 20s, died after shooting himself, Sheriff T.K. Waters of Jacksonville said at a news conference on Saturday evening.
“This shooting was racially motivated, and he hated Black people,” Sheriff Waters said. The rampage on Saturday was the latest high-profile racially motivated attack carried out by a white gunman in the United States.
The gunman who killed three people at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday had earlier been turned away from the campus of a historically Black university – just blocks away from the site of the shooting that targeted Black people, authorities said.
The shooter, described by police as a White man in his early 20s, first went to the campus of Edward Waters University, where he refused to identify himself to an on-campus security officer and was asked to leave, the university stated in a press release.
“The individual returned to their car and left campus without incident. The encounter was reported to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office by EWU security,” the school said. The university, which is in a historically Black neighborhood, went into lockdown Saturday and students living on campus were told to stay in their residence halls.
Jacksonville’s NBC affiliate reports:
By 1:18 p.m., the shooter sent a text to his father, telling him to check his computer, Sheriff T.K. Waters said. That’s when the shooter’s parents called the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and told deputies they found a manifesto in their Oakleaf home.
Waters said three manifestos were written that expressed a “disgusting ideology of hate.” They were written, according to the sheriff, to the media, his parents and federal agents.
“To plainly put, this shooting was racially motivated and he hated Black people,” Waters said. “This is a dark day in Jacksonville. Any loss of life is tragic, but the hate that motivated the shooter’s killing spree adds an additional layer of heartbreak.”
A white man killed three Black people at a Jacksonville Dollar General store using a Glock handgun and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with at least one of the firearms painted with a swastika, Sheriff T.K. Waters said. https://t.co/vXQSWVrLpJ
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 26, 2023
“The suspect…in 2017 was committed under Florida’s Baker Act, a law which allows law enforcement and medical workers to institutionalize people who could be considered a harm to themselves or others for up to 72 hours.”
But he was able to get an AR-15. https://t.co/cAx9vTy1vb
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 27, 2023
Ron DeSantis to rush back to Florida to make sure no one teaches why this happened. https://t.co/wuUInIRHfO
— L O L G O P (@LOLGOP) August 27, 2023
Disgusting. Another racist rampage by a homegrown terrorist with easy access to firearms.
Jacksonville, California stands with you.
America’s diverse communities are under attack. We cannot remain silent.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 27, 2023
It’s always the “AR style rifle”.
Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.
Yet we do nothing. https://t.co/oqi3xFt9KJ
— Carlos Guillermo Smith (@CarlosGSmith) August 26, 2023
DeSantis offers condolences to the victims of today’s Jacksonville mass shooting, condemns the racist “scumbag” killer who committed suicide
(Video via governor’s office) pic.twitter.com/XdXC5IO4J7
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) August 26, 2023
The NRA’s first tweet after a shooter in Jacksonville carried out a racist mass murder with an AR-15 that had swastikas drawn on it. https://t.co/SnwQJaPQbJ
— Max Steele (@maxasteele) August 27, 2023