The shooter is among 4 people killed in a racially motivated shooting in Florida
Shooter among 4 people killed in racially motivated shootings in Florida (shot). Image source: IANS News
New York, August 26: Police say at least four people, including the shooter, have been killed in a racially motivated shooting at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jacksonville Sheriff TK Waters said at a news conference that the victims — two men and a woman — were all black.
The suspect, a white man in his early 20s, was armed with a high-explosive rifle and a handgun and was wearing a tactical vest, Xinhua news agency said, citing police.
“This shooting was racially motivated and he hated black people,” Waters told reporters.
Before the shooting, Waters said, the shooter had written “several statements” detailing his hatred of black people.
The suspect, who shot himself after the attack, is believed to have acted alone, and there is no evidence to suggest he was part of a large group, according to police.
The shooting took place just blocks from Edward Waters University, a historically black college, where students who live on campus have been told to stay in their residence halls.
Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan called the shooting a hate crime.
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