In the news today, a white man said to be armed with a high-powered rifle and a handgun killed three Black people at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida, then after that, shooting himself, in what local law enforcement described as a racially motivated crime. The real motivation is not known.
“This shooting was racially motivated, and he hated Black people,” Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters told a press conference.
The suspect, whom Waters described as a white male wearing a tactical vest, was not identified. However, he’s dead now. Waters said all three victims – two men and a woman – were Black.
Waters said authorities believed the shooter acted alone, and that before the shooting he had authored “several manifestos” for media, his parents and law enforcement detailing his hatred for Black people. More on this later.