The police department conducting the investigation from Thursday's deadly shooting in Oregon that killed nine and injured at least seven revealed details on the 26 year-old shooter Chris Harper Mercer who died during the clash with the police at Umpqua Community College in the US.
According to online footprints of the shooter, Mercer was an Irish Republican Army (IRA) sympathizer and he downloaded a documentary on the Sandy Hook school massacre, one of the deadliest mass shooting at a US elementary school that killed 20 children and 6 adults.
His MySpace account included IRA propoganda videos and photos as well as a profile picture of himself holding a rifle.
Mercer’s email adress which has been identified as firstname.lastname@example.org, referencing military decoration awarded to civilians for performing military actions in some instances were linked to his user profile in the torrent website kat-ph.proxy-x.com that he used “Lithium_Love” as his nickname.
In one of his blogposts on the Torrent website forum, he downloaded the documentary, he wrote Vester Flanagan Shooter killed a reporter and a cameraman on-air on Montana saying that anyone who knew the Flanagan Shooter could see it was coming and it was an inevidable result of being abondened by society. Mercer also pointed the desire to be known. He said that “I have noticed that so many people like him are all 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.”
“Seems the more people you kill, the more your're in the limelight,” he added.
A warning message was posted on Thursday evening on 4chan message-board anonymously as some of the users reported. The post said, “some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest.”
However, its not confirmed yet that the message was written by the shooter but it's under investigation by the Douglas County sheriff’s department, a spokesperson said.
Another online profile was created for a dating website named Spiritual Passions. As he detailed his personal information he described himself as a Republican, not religious but spiritual.
Shooter asked victims if they were Christians
Witnesses said that the shooter asked victims if they were Christians, than he killed them. One of the students who was in the class when Mercer came in with his gun told reporters that he first killed the professor with one shot, after he said that he was waiting for this for years.
The student said that he asked them “are you a Christian?” and told them to stand up if they were. Then told them, “because you are a Christian you’re going to see God in about one second."
An official said that the shooter was heavily armed. Pistols and a rifle were seen at the scene where the incident took place.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 2, 2015
Mercer’s father Ian Mercer had spent the day speaking with police officers. Later he told reporters that he was not able to answer questions about what happened.
"Shocked is all I can say...It's been a devastating day." he said.
The massacre was immideately condemmed by US President Barack Obama and democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 1, 2015
President Obama expressed his deep grief as he delivered his 15th speech over gun violence.
"Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it. We've become numb to this," he said.
“We are not the only country on earth that has people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to other people. We are the only advanced country on earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months,” he said as America started to see similar shootings every month.
Only in 2015, 364 were killed and 1082 injured in mass shooting in US.
Following the latest school shooting in Oregon, Obama made a political call to change US gun law. “Each time this happens, I am going to say that we can actually do something about it but we’re going to have to change our laws. And this is not something I can do by myself,” he said inviting voters to pressure legislation to keep guns out of hands of people.
Otherwise, some similar incidents will come out again, even the thought is “terrible to say,” he “can’t guarantee that” Obama said and “it can change."