According to NBC News, investigators are looking into a Massachusetts shooting that left two Black people dead as a possible hate crime. Officials discovered that the suspect wrote in his handwriting “some troubling white supremacist rhetoric.”
The suspect, Nathan Allen, allegedly stole a plumber’s truck on Saturday, crashed into a car with two passengers, then crashed the truck into an empty home.
After the crash, Allen was fleeing the crime scene on foot when he fatally shot two Black people. According to Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty, David Green, a retired Massachusetts State Police officer, and Ramona Cooper, an Air Force veteran, were shot and killed.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, who pointed to Allen as the suspect, said during a press conference on Sunday that investigators discovered “antisemitic and racist statements against Black individuals.”
“There was hate in this man’s heart,” she stated.
“He walked by several people that were not Black, and they are alive. They were not harmed,” she said. “They are alive, and these two visible people of color are not.”
In a statement, Rollins mentioned that Allen wrote that white people are “apex predators” and drew Nazi swastikas.
“These families deserve answers, and we will find out what happened here,” she said.
Rollins said investigators were confident that Allen acted alone.
Allen, who Rollins said was married, employed, had a Ph.D., and no criminal history, “likely appeared unassuming.”
However, regardless of the fact, she said, he committed multiple crimes and chose “only to shoot and kill the two Black people he encountered.”
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“This is a sad day,” Rollins said Sunday.
She added that Cooper and Green “protected our rights. They fought for us to be safe, to have the opinions that we have — and they were executed.”