Racist kills three black people in US city of Jacksonville: swastikas on gun shooter | Abroad

UpdateIn Jacksonville, Florida, a white man killed three black people on Saturday. The racist gunman shot and killed a woman and two men at a Dollar General store. This is reported by the local police.

“This shooting was racially motivated and he hated black people,” Sheriff TK Waters said at a news conference. He said the gunman, who is white and killed himself after the attack, left behind evidence that outlined his “disgusting ideology of hate” and his motive for the attack.

According to local media, the suspect – who is said to be in his twenties – first opened fire on cars and then barricaded himself in a Dollar General store. He entered the building wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with a rifle and pistol and began targeting black customers, police said. He then deployed a SWAT team.

Police believe the shooter was acting alone, not on behalf of a group. One of the shooter’s weapons had swastikas drawn on it.


No gun permit? No problem

At least 471 shootings have taken place in the United States this year, leaving at least four dead or injured, not counting the shooter, according to nonprofit organization Gun Violence Archive.

In July, a new law was introduced in Florida that allows people to walk on the street with a concealed weapon (with some exceptions) without having received a license or training to do so. Florida is the 26th state with such a law. In 49 other American states, you can also walk the streets with a concealed weapon, but you must have a permit to do so. So not in Florida.

The United States has more individual guns than citizens. The ease with which Americans can pick up a copy is particularly worrying.

One in three adults owns at least one gun, almost one in two adults lives in a household where at least one is present. The high death rate from firearms is a direct consequence of this.

Jacksonville residents pray after the hate murder.
Jacksonville residents pray after the hate murder. © AP