THE gunman suspected of shooting two Black bystanders in Massachusetts was found to have allegedly made racist and anti-Semitic statements in his past, including drawing swastikas.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office identified the 28-year-old gunman as Nathan Allen, who was shot and killed by Winthrop Police following their standoff on Saturday.
However, new details have emerged about Allen, a suspected white supremacist authorities say he purposely crashed into a building and killed two Black inhabitants in an alleged hate crime.
Authorities allege Allen used a stolen truck to crash into a building before shooting retired Massachusetts State Trooper David Green, 58, and Romana Cooper, 60, a former Air Force staff sergeant, both victims Black.
"Two innocent people lost their lives in the safe neighborhoods of Winthrop," Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said. "They fought for us to be safe and to have the opinions that we have and they were executed yesterday."
Rollins said in the days that passed as part of their investigation, detectives found drawings of swastikas among the Allen's possessions.
Rollins' staff said the two were likely targeted because of the color of their skin, given that Allen "walked by several other people that were not Black" and didn't shoot them.
"At this preliminary stage of the investigation, the excellent work of law enforcement has already unearthed troubling white supremacy rhetoric and statements written by the shooter," Rollins added.
Authorities had found Allen's writings to have been connected to "anti-Semitic and racist statements against Black individuals," all the more befuddling because "this shooter was married and employed. He had a Ph.D. and no criminal history."
"To all external sources he likely appeared unassuming."
"And then, yesterday afternoon he stole a box truck, crashed it into another vehicle and a property, walked away from the wreckage interacting with multiple individuals and choosing only to shoot and kill the two Black people he encountered."
Among his possessions included writings that lauded the white race and called whites "apex predators."
Green's older brother shared some words about his brother's supposed killer.
"This person who shot him is probably, ostensibly, one of the worst people you could find and my brother was one of the best people you could ever find," said Ray Green. "They met in the middle, unfortunately. It was traffic."
"David, he could be a very funny person, but he was so kind. He would help anyone. He would go out of his way to help people, all the time," Green said.
"He was a good person and he's going to be missed by a lot of people. We want to remember the good things about David, not this tragedy that just happened."
Cooper's son Gary echoed what Green said of his brother.
"My mother was a good person. She would help anyone who needed it. She was caring and selfless," said Gary Cooper Jr. "We are heartbroken and she will be missed. Just a senseless thing to have happened."
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