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The shooter who wounded nine people in a rampage near a shopping mall in Houston this morning was wearing what looked like a Nazi uniform, local police sources told Houston’s KPRC2.
A piece on the station’s website reports:
The gunman who carried out Monday morning’s shooting that wounded nine people was wearing what appeared to be Nazi paraphernalia, two law enforcement sources told Channel 2 Investigates’ Robert Arnold.
The shooter, identified in the media but not officially as lawyer Nathan DeSai, was killed in a shootout with police responding to the scene.
Law enforcement sources said that the shooter was wearing what appeared to be an antique German uniform with Swastikas on it. …
Investigators also combed through the shooter’s condo, where they found what appeared to be Nazi paraphernalia inside, according to a law enforcement source.
Several other weapons were reportedly found in his car.
At this point, we don’t know much more than this.
Today’s shooting came only a few days after 20-year-old Arcan Cetin shot and killed five people (four female, one male) at a Macy’s makeup counter in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington. Cetin has confessed to the killings, according to court documents, though police say they still don’t know why he did it.
But there are some clues that suggest that Cetin may have been driven, like many young, male mass killers before him, by a sense of “aggrieved entitlement” towards women. For one thing, four out of five of his victims were female, all of them shopping in the vicinity of Macy’s makeup counter. For another, he apparently had a history of harassing girls in high school.
“Cetin was described by high school friends and neighbors as a troubled person who made vulgar comments toward women.,” the Washington Post reports.
Friends and neighbors described a young man who has gotten in trouble with the law several times, with three assault charges since 2015.
Several of Cetin’s former classmates described him as a socially awkward teenager who later was given to inappropriately touching female students.
“He had some kind of issues, to say the least,” Miranda Schnecker, who knew Cetin from middle school and high school, said in an interview. “He was just very awkward, didn’t know how to connect with people — and a lot of people didn’t know how to handle that, so he wasn’t very popular.”
It was in high school, she said, when Cetin began physically harassing girls in school.
“He would touch them inappropriately when they didn’t want it,” said Schnecker, 20.
Another classmate, Rosie Aguilera, said Cetin would try to touch her and other young women at the school “as some kind of joke to him.”
As is too often the case, Cetin’s alleged harassment escalated to murder.
We are likely to learn much more about both of these killers in the days to come.
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