Florida shooter had Nazi symbols on gun, posted manifestos on racial hatred: Report
A gunman, who killed three people at a store in Florida's Jacksonville, had a gun with Nazi symbols and authored a manifesto that said he hated "Black people", police said on Saturday (local time), describing the incident as a "racially motivated" attack.
The victims -- two men and a woman -- all Black, were shot dead by the shooter, a white man who was in his 20s, before turning the gun on himself, New York Post reported.
The shooter, who was unidentified, was seen lurking around a local Black college before the shooting. He also posted several manifestos online for the media, his parents and law enforcement detailing his hatred for the Black people.
Jacksonville Sheriff TK Waters told a press conference that the gunman was wearing a tactical vest and he had acted alone.
Waters described his weapons as a Glock and an "AR-15 style" rifle, with swastikas on it, referring to a lightweight semi-automatic long gun often used in mass shootings.
"The hate that motivated the shooter's killing spree adds an additional layer of heartbreak," Waters was quoted by Reuters as saying.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, spoke to the sheriff over the phone. He called the gunman a "scumbag" and denounced his racist motivation behind the attack, New York Post reported.
“He was targeting people based on their race. That is totally unacceptable. This guy killed himself rather than face the music and accept responsibility for his actions. He took the coward’s way out. We condemn what happened in the strongest possible terms,” said DeSantis, who was in Iowa campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has initiated a federal probe into the attack, which they were treating as a case of hate crime.
City Council member Ju’Coby Pittman and the police confirmed that the shooter was dead.
Saturday's shooting in Jacksonville came after five years when a gunman killed two people and wounded 11 others at a video game tournament in the city before he shot himself dead.