Three Muslims Shot Dead Near University of North Carolina - Update: Caused by Parking Dispute?
This is horrible - the victims seem like they were all just really good people. The suspected shooter’s facebook page has a lot of anti-religion postings, and he describes himself as an anti-theist. See the update tweet below, it appears that this could boil down to a parking dispute, or perhaps that plus bias, something we will likely never get to the bottom of.
A suspected gunman has been charged with the triple murder of three Muslim family members near a university campus in North Carolina, officials said early Wednesday.
Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, shot dead a second-year dentistry student, his wife, and her sister in an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, local police said.
Police did not release any information about the possible motive for the alleged crime.
Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan Mohammad, 19, were found dead at the scene by officers who responded to reports of gunfire just after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday in the town 20 miles northwest of Raleigh. The Charlotte Observer reported that all three victims were Muslim.
After all is said and done it could just be road rage:
Just in from Chapel Hill Police: Preliminary investigation suggests shooting was motivated by “ongoing neighbor dispute over parking”
…and if you view the replies at that tweet and at twitter in general you can see that social media is full of people trying to use this horrific event to bolster their limited and somewhat pathetic worldviews and conspiracy mindsets.
Meanwhile the family of the victims does think there is more to it, and it sure wouldn’t hurt to investigate if there are hate motives involved.