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Details have emerged about the alleged school shooter behind the Friday morning massacre at Santa Fe High School in Southeastern Texas.

After the shooter’s name was identified by Texas authorities, independent journalist Paula Neal Mooney dug into his social media profiles and grabbed several screenshots before the profiles were taken offline to get a clearer picture of what may have motivated the alleged killer to carry out a shooting spree that killed 10 people and injured several others.

According to Mooney’s research, the alleged gunman had an Instagram account with only three posts, although he followed lots of gun-related accounts. One of his posts showed an image with a pistol, a knife, and a flashlight, with the caption, “Hi fuckers.” That post was liked by an account called “guns.fans.club.”

A Facebook post from a profile with the alleged gunman’s name showed the accused school shooter’s trench coat adorned with several symbols, along with an explanation of what those symbols meant. One of those symbols was the Iron Cross, which was one of the highest awards a German military officer could receive under the Nazi regime. According to the post, the alleged killer identified the Iron Cross as a symbol of “bravery.” The accused teen murderer also had a t-shirt with “BORN TO KILL” inscribed on the front:

Duster Hammer and Sickle = Rebellion

Rising Sun = Kamikaze Tactics

Iron Cross = Bravery

Baphomet = Evil

Cthulhu = Power

Despite the accused murderer’s obvious affinity for fascist regimes that carried out genocide, like Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said there was no clear motive to explain the crime the 17-year-old is accused of perpetrating.

“[A]s far as investigations by law enforcement agencies, as far as arrests or confrontation with law enforcement, as far as having a criminal history, he has none. His slate is pretty clean,” Gov. Abbott said. “There simply were not the same type of warning signs that we’ve seen in so many other shootings.”

Although the teen posted a picture of a pistol and a knife to his Instagram account, the alleged school shooter used a .38 caliber revolver and a shotgun to carry out the massacre on Friday morning. Gov. Abbott said the weapons were owned by his father, which were legally purchased.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Grit Post does not publish the names of mass shooters, and we discourage other media outlets from doing so in order to avoid contributing to future mass shootings by making killers famous.) 

 

Logan Espinoza is a freelance contributor specializing in economic issues. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and daughter. Contact him at logan DOT espinoza AT yahoo DOT com.

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