Because of 4chan’s anonymity, it’s impossible to say whether the poster who warned “don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest” actually was Chris Harper-Mercer, identified as the person who shot nine people to death at Umpqua Community College the next day before being killed by police.
‘Only his was at least a bit more interesting’.
In one pioneering study, Phillips [of UC/San Diego] found that not only did single-driver auto crashes increase after publicized suicides, and multiple-fatality crashes increase after mass murder/suicides, but the numbers seemed to have a relationship to the style and saturation of media coverage.
Survivors of the shooting have reported that he had asked victims their religion, before being gunned down.
Just this week, on Tuesday, using the handle lithium_love, he commented on a post titled “How many girlfriends have you had?” by saying “0”. “He meant a lot to me”.
Added former Rep. and Fox News contributor Allen West: “Sadly, President Obama could not restrain himself and went into his normal rant before all the facts were in”. “It’s clear he was in a very bad state of mind”.
“And then he shot and killed them.”
In the wake of the mass shooting, the murderer left behind a host of questions, along with a trail on social media that can help people piece together a profile on who the killer was and what his motives were.
Harper-Mercer lived a lonely life, according to neighbors who watched him grow from a quiet boy to a “mad” teenager who usually wore combat-like black boots and camouflage trousers. The owner of the building said he did not know them, and neighbors did not recall them. She said she believed he took it to El Camino College. Switzer Learning Center, a school for emotionally disturbed students in Torrance, is a nonpublic school that accepts children as young as third grade.
He initially opened fire in an English class, she said.
All the guns were legally obtained by the shooter or family members over the past three years through a federally licensed firearms dealer, she said.
About that time, his father filed for divorce from his mother, citing irreconcilable differences.
Pictures show Harper-Mercer standing with slouched shoulders in a grey vest-top. She apparently contributed to online forums dealing with health issues. Someone has already set up other fake social media accounts, such as a Facebook page calling Harper Mercer their hero, and a fake Harper Mercer Twitter account.
Harper-Mercer used a screen name on a dating profile which refers to a war medal handed out to soldiers of the Third Reich, bought replica SS military gear online and glorified the IRA’s masked terrorists.
The user left the review: “I have received my order”. It said he enjoyed horror movies, and under hobbies, it listed “killing zombies” along with the “Internet” and other pursuits.
In a blog post linked to Mercer, he said he relished the headlines garnered by Vester Flanagan after killing two television journalists in Virginia earlier this year.