Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer singled out Christians in Thursday’s mass school shooting that saw 10 people – including Harper-Mercer – dead with 7 people injured.
Witnesses claim that Harper-Mercer asked people one by one what their religion was.
“Are you a Christian?” he allegedly asked. If they said yes, he responded by saying “Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.”
The gunman’s hatred towards religion was clearly outlined on an online dating profile. The 26-year-old was ultimately shot and killed after confronting police outside a classroom.
Initially, police refused to identity the suspect in an effort to avoid giving the shooter exactly what he wanted: attention.
Harper-Mercer was armed with three pistols and a rifle, according to sources.
An online posting on 4Chan Wednesday night alluded to Thursday’s carnage: “Some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest. happening thread will be posted tomorrow morning. so long space robots.”
Harper-Mercer was fascinated with the IRA and the Nazis. He also reflected in a blog post that people like Vester Lee Flanagan gain more attention with a higher kill count.
The college is protected by a single, unarmed security guard. The college had decided against hiring an armed guard not too long ago.
This mass shooting brings the number of such attacks in the United States to 294 this year so far.
Was this an act of terrorism by a religious fanatic, or was Harper-Mercer simply mentally ill? People who knew him state that he was a socially awkward individual, who post troubling content online. Do friends, family and authorities need to keep a closer eye on ‘odd’ individuals?