The shooter responsible for killing 20, and injuring two dozen more, targeted Hispanics according to the manifesto he published online hours before the attack. While it seems certain that the manifesto was indeed written by the shooter, authorities are still trying to conclusively verify the posting. The FBI saw the manifesto before the attack was carried out but couldn’t locate him in time.
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The four-page manifesto, entitled: “The Inconvenient Truth,” was riddled with typos and grammar mistakes and covered an array of topics as to why America is failing. The growing number of Hispanics, legal or illegal, was a major source of anger for the shooter. According to the document, he stated: “My whole life I have been preparing for a future that currently doesn’t exist,” before adding: “America rotting from the inside out.”
He added: “Some sources say that in under two decades, half of American jobs will be lost to it [immigrants]. Of course some people will be retrained, but most will not. So it makes no sense to keep on letting millions of illegal or legal immigrants flood into the United States, and to keep the tens of millions that are already here,” he wrote.
“Invaders who also have close to the highest birthrate of all ethnicities (sic) in America. In the near future, America will have to initiate a basic universal income to prevent widespread poverty and civil unrest as people lose their jobs.”
For about a page of the manifesto, he goes on a tirade. “…the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.”
The 21-year-old shooter made it clear that he didn’t want President Trump blamed for the attack. “My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president,” he wrote.
“I (sic) putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that.”
The shooter also supported the Christchurch shooting, which was an anti-immigration attack. He said Americans were not his target inside the El Paso Walmart. He then spoke on his weapon of choice, referring to his gun as a WASR 10.
“I realized pretty quickly that this isn’t a great choice since it’s the civilian version of the ak47. It’s not designed to shoot rounds quickly, so it overheats massively after about 100 shots fired in quick succession. I’ll have to use a heat-resistant glove to get around this,” the shooter wrote.
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“Even if other non-immigrant targets would have a greater impact, I can’t bring myself to kill my fellow Americans,” he wrote. He then explained how he prepared for this senseless attack.
“I didn’t spend much time at all preparing for this attack. Maybe a month, probably less. I have do this before I lose my nerve. I figured that an under-prepared attack and a meh manifesto is better than no attack and no manifesto.”
Before he ended the manifesto, the shooter explained how he was prepared to die, and fully expected to die in the attack. “My death is likely inevitable. If I’m not killed by the police, then I’ll probably be gunned down by one of the invaders. Capture in this case if far worse than dying during the shooting because I’ll get the death penalty anyway. Worse still is that I would live knowing that my family despises me. This is why I’m not going to surrender even if I run out of ammo. If I’m captured, it will be because I was subdued somehow.”
On his about page, the shooter explained that he is “not really motivated to do anything more than what’s necessary to get by. Working in general sucks, but i guess a career in Software Development suits me well. I spend about 8 hours every day on the computer so that counts towards technology experience I guess. Pretty much just gonna see what technology careers present themselves to me; go with the wind.”
This is but a small glimpse into the shooter’s state of mind. It is safe to say much more will be discovered as the investigation continues.