“Authorities investigating the shooting say they have found a number of firearms at the gunman’s apartment and CBS News correspondent Jeff Peques reports that one of the guns recovered at the scene of the shooting is not registered to the gunman.” The ATF just held a news conference revealing that they’d recovered 13 weapons, including six at the school. CBS reports that the killer’s arsenal included a 9mm GLOCK, a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol. a .40 caliber Taurus pistol and a “.556 caliber rifle” (Del-Ton carbine). CBS also reports – and the ATF confirms – that . . .
Chris Mercer wore or carried a bullet-resistant vest. Perhaps not surprisingly, some of the British-born spree killer’s acquaintances are telling the media what a nice quiet boy he was.
Carmen Nesnick, the stepsister of Mercer, said her stepbrother was not a religious nor anti-religious person and that her family is Christian.
“All he ever did was put everybody before himself. He wanted everyone to be happy. No matter if he was sad or mad, he would always try to cheer up everybody,” she said.
Rick Rada, Mercer’s former classmate at Switzer Learning Center (for students with “moderate to severe learning disabilities, emotional issues, attention problems and behavioral disorders”) recalls Mercer as quiet, cheerful and calm.
“To me Chris was just an ordinary guy, really. He was one of the silent types like me,” Rada told The Washington Post. “But we got along with our teachers. He opened up with the teachers, talked to them, had fun.”
Mercer’s father told reporters that he was “shocked as anybody at what happened today.” Meanwhile, the press is running with the idea that Mercer was a loner motivated by a desire for posthumous fame.
In one post on the blog about Flanagan, Mercer apparently wrote, “I have noticed that so many people like [Flanagan] are alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”
As horrible as it sounds, you can’t argue with that. (And please don’t lace into me for posting Mercer’s name and image. We’ve been through this before.) It’s increasingly clear Mercer fit the “disaffected loner” profile most recently attributed to mentally unhinged LA spree killer Elliot Rodger. (That’s Mercer’s online dating profile pic above.) USAtoday.com:
Authorities have recovered a document they believe may have written by the man responsible Oregon community college rampage that bitterly refers to a lonely existence with few actual human connections beyond the author’s online communications, a law enforcement official tells USA TODAY.
The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said that authorities were still reviewing the document that was described as “rambling.” Investigators believe the gunman appeared to associate with a loosely-affiliated online community known as the “beta boys” that has tended to glorify mass shootings, similar to the Oregon attack, the official said.
The document left behind, and believed to be written by the shooter, lamented an isolated life with little promise, the official said.
At the same time, the Post is leading with the idea that Mercer suffered from “religious rage.”
Witnesses to the Oregon bloodshed described Mercer as questioning people at gunpoint about their religious affiliations, and appearing to single out Christians for killing.
“He said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,’ ” said Stacy Boylan, recounting the account of his wounded daughter, Anastasia, who underwent surgery to treat a gunshot to her spine.
“And then he shot and killed them,” he said.
Citing two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation, the Los Angeles Times reports that Mercer “was a ‘hate-filled’ individual who had anti-religion, anti-government and white supremacy leanings.” The latter being a strange leaning for a man with a mixed race background.
For its part, breitbart.com reports that Mercer may have fallen under the influence of Mahmoud Ali Ehsani, one of two of the friends listed on Mercer’s MySpace page (who uses that anymore?). Ehsansi doesn’t appear to have it in for Christians (Mercer asked if his victims were Christian before deciding whether to shoot them in the head or legs) while Mercer’s contact is certainly no friend of the Jews.
One caption reads: “my brave soldiers keep on fighting for the liberation of Palestine against Israel. fuck israel. Kill the jews. jews are the only infidels.”
More info as we receive it.