Officials Investigating Russian Social Media Account For Potential Links to Texas, Mall Shooter
ALLEN, TEXAS - MAY 6: Emergency vehicles line the entrance to the Allen Premium Outlets where a shooting took place on May 6, 2023 in Allen, Texas. According to reports, a shooter opened fire at the outlet mall, injuring at least nine people who were taken to local hospitals. The police have confirmed there were fatalities but have not specified how many. The unidentified shooter was neutralized by an Allen Police officer responding to an unrelated call.
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Officials are investigating a Russian social media page that they believe is tied to the man who murdered eight people inside a mall in Allen, Texas, Saturday, according to a report by the New York Times.

The Daily Wire is not naming the 33-year-old alleged shooter, who was killed by a police officer, due to company policy aimed at depriving mass killers of notoriety. Authorities said the suspect, a Latino who had no prior criminal record, had “neo-Nazi ideation.” Hank Sibley, the regional director of the  Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a news conference that investigators are still trying to determine why the suspect opened fire at the Allen Premium Outlets near Dallas.

The social media account, which was first reported on by The New York Times and later identified by researchers at another online publication, appears to have been created in 2020. The Daily Wire has reviewed the social media page, which appears to be a diary, as the account owner had no friends and the page received no engagement on any posts.

Photographs on the page feature a person with a large Nazi swastika chest tattoo and an arm tattoo of SS Lightning Bolts. They also included photographs of Latinos who had a Nazi-themed wedding in Mexico, with the caption: “My kind of people.” The page includes a photograph of Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi doctor who selected Jewish prisoners for execution in gas chambers and conducted scientific experiments on them. The writer described Mengele as a “hero.”

An April 23 post discusses the March 27 Covenant School shooting in Nashville, TN, and praises feminism as the cause of the shooting. The same post emphasizes the media’s focus on covering similar “spectacles” and the perpetrators who commit them.

In a post published on the same day as the shooting, the writer expresses fear of being confronted by their family for such actions and having them ask him why they did not seek help from a psychologist. The writer acknowledges that there was something seriously wrong with him them in the post. He also wrote in his final post that he had been “thinking of moving back to Mexico.”

According to the FBI, the alleged shooter briefly served in the U.S. Army but “was removed due to mental health concerns” in 2008.

Other photos on the social media page appear to showed that the account owner traveled to the mall where the shooting occurred, and posted those photos to the account about three weeks’ prior to the shooting. He also searched on Google for what time of day the mall had the most people.

The social media page included evidence of showed a strong interest in pornography, strip clubs, death-metal bands, journaling his psychotic thoughts, guns, and an interest in women.

In several posts, the author expressed open frustration with women, specifically with the lack of attention they paid to him.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and law enforcement officials have indicated that they are continuing to investigate the shooter’s motives, but have not yet determined that the shooting constitutes an act of domestic terrorism. Among the dead were two elementary school-age sisters, a couple and their 3 year-old son, and a security guard.

Editor’s Note: This article has been expanded to include more information and revised for clarity and emphasis.

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