The Jacksonville Sheriff, who is in charge of the investigation into the racially charged mass shooting that occurred at Dollar General, has discredited the idea that guns were to blame.
The story is always about guns. Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters made the statement during a Sunday press conference.
“This guy is a bad guy.” Nothing would happen if I laid my gun on the counter. It will just sit there. As soon as someone evil grabs that handgun and begins shooting people, then there is a problem. “The problem is with the individual.”
Authorities say Ryan Christopher Palmeter is 21 years old and accused of carrying out an racially motivated shooting on Saturday that resulted in the deaths of three Black Americans inside a Dollar General located in a predominantly Black area of Jacksonville. The sheriff’s department said Palmeter used a Glock and an AR-15 semiautomatic gun during the attack.
Palmeter killed himself in the firing.
A.J. Dollar General employee Angela Michelle Carr was killed in her vehicle. Laguerre, who died while fleeing, and Jerrald Galllion, 29, a customer, were also victims of the fatal shooting.
According to the sheriff, it was not clear that Palmeter had illegally acquired the guns used for the shooting. The gun dealers who sold Palmeter the firearms also did so legally.
“Guns are tools that people use for horrible things. It’s not the guns themselves that are to blame, but rather those who use them. We are trying to stop this. Waters stated that in this particular situation, the possession of firearms by Waters was not illegal.
Officials confirmed on Saturday that the shooter was involved in an incident of domestic violence in 2016 and had been involuntarily admitted to a hospital for mental examination. The matter was not further elaborated.
Palmeter sent a text message to his father, the sheriff’s department reports, telling him to break in to his bedroom using a screwdriver. Dad found suicide note, last will and testament and a computer belonging to the suspect. Investigators said previously that the shooter wrote “several manifestos,” describing his “disgusting ideologies of hatred.”
The sheriff said, “I urge all of us not to search for any sense in an act of senseless violence.” There is no explanation or reason for the actions and decisions of the shooter.
Waters said, “His sickening ideologies are not representative of our Jacksonville community values that we love so much.” “We are not an anti-hate community. We stand with the good people and decent citizens of this city. “We reject this inexcusable act of violence and will not stop until the investigation is completed and all avenues for accountability are exhausted.”
Vice-President Kamala Harris has called on lawmakers to pass legislation banning so-called assault rifles and other commonsense measures to ensure gun safety.