A white man fatally shoots 3 Black folks at a Florida retailer in a hate crime, then kills himself

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A masked white man fatally shot three Black folks inside a Jacksonville, Florida, Greenback Basic retailer in a predominately African-American neighborhood on Saturday, in an assault the place he used a gun painted with a swastika, officers mentioned. The shooter, who had additionally posted racist writings, then killed himself.

Jacksonville Sheriff T.Okay. Waters instructed a information convention that the assault that left two males and one lady lifeless was undoubtedly “racially motivated.”

“He hated Black folks,” Waters mentioned after reviewing the person’s writings, which have been despatched to federal regulation enforcement officers and at the very least one media outlet shortly earlier than the assault. He added that the gunman acted alone and “there may be completely no proof the shooter is a part of any bigger group.”