Six innocent people murdered, no rhyme or reason. Just horrific.
It’s now being reported that the dead perpetrator was associated with white supremacists. If this indeed was his ideology, then all the speculation to this point that the Sikhs were attacked because they were mistaken for Muslims will apparently have been groundless. As Sikhs and because of their ethnicity they would have qualified for the hatred of a white supremacist.
It’s a shame that the headlines in many places at this hour describe him first and foremost an an “army vet.” Reports say that he was in the army between 1992 and 1998, at which point he received a “less than honorable discharge.” So he was in the army for 6 years (not in a time of war – during the Clinton administration), he was discharged and he has not been in the army for 14 years. Whatever went wrong inside this monster’s head, there’s no reason to think it had anything to do with the U.S. army.