Texas mall shooter Mauricio Garcia planned attack for weeks, timed rampage for hour that ensured maximum carnage
Garcia also posted racist and misogynistic hate, including a smiley face with a Hitler mustache
Garcia, 33, shared more than two dozen photos of the Allen Premium Outlets on extremist forums in the weeks leading up to his mass shooting
Additionally, Garcia shared several posts targeting Jewish people, women and racial minorities on the Russian rightist social networking platforms
On the day of the massacre, he also posted a video of himself removing a Scream mask and asking viewers, “Not quite what you were expecting, huh?”
Garcia suggests that Latinos and Hispanics are actually white, referencing notable white supremacist Nick Fuentes, whose father is half-Mexican
Online pictures showed Garcia as having Nazi tattoos.
Texas mall gunman Mauricio Garcia, 33, appeared to be casing his target for weeks, attacking when it was busiest, after posting racist and misogynistic hate, including a smiley face with a Hitler mustache.
The alleged white supremacist shared more than two dozen photos of his eventual target, The Allen Premium Outlets, on extremist forums in the weeks leading up to his mass shooting, seemingly determining what would be the most packed time at the mall to unleash the greatest carnage, NBC reported.
Garcia, the report states maintained a profile on the Russian social networking platform OK.ru, including posts referring to extremist online forums, such as 4chan, and content from white nationalists, including Nick Fuentes, an anti-Semitic white nationalist provocateur. On those forums he also shared several posts targeting Jewish people, women and racial minorities.
Mauricio Garcia apparently cased the target in the weeks leading up to Saturday’s mass shooting when he killed eight people and injured seven at the Allen Premium Outlets.
The deadly shooting, which killed eight people, took place around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, typically when the shopping center is most crowded, according to the analytic data that Garcia posted.
He also posted a video of himself on the day of the massacre removing a Scream mask and asking viewers, “Not quite what you were expecting, huh?,” NBC said.
the posts include images of a shirtless male sporting white-power tattoos, which included swastikas and Nazi SS lightning bolts.
The YouTube channel featured the image of a smiley face with the Hitler mustache, too.
The gunman in a series of posts rails against “diversity,” despite his own Hispanic heritage, which had previously cast doubts on his neo-Nazi leanings. Garcia even suggests that Latinos and Hispanics are actually white, referencing notable white supremacist Nick Fuentes, whose father is half-Mexican.
Garcia shared images online of his arsenal
“Hell Nick Fuentes said something like that while he was on the Pearl show,” he wrote in one post, referring to an interview the white supremacist had with podcaster Pearl Davis last month.
“I think I even read in the news Hispanics could be the new white supremist [sic]. Just the other day this black dude told me the line is blurring. He can’t tell the difference anymore. Someone would look white but their [sic] actually Hispanic.”
The mass shooter alluded to his declining mental health, too.
The heavily armed Garcia was killed by an officer on patrol in the area
One of his final posts lamented that no psychologist would be able to fix him and his fears of what his family might say about him.
He said he once admitted his thoughts about his mental health to a military commanding officer.
Garcia, a security guard, had joined the Army in June 2008 but was quickly booted because of issues including mental health concerns, an Army source said Monday.
White sheets cover dead bodies outside a clothing store at Allen Premium Outlets.
Garcia was terminated after three months because of a red-flag mental health evaluation, law enforcement sources told ABC 30, saying the decision was specifically made “due to mental health concerns.” It was not immediately clear what those concerns entailed.
Investigators also have been probing Garcia’s alleged neo-Nazi views, after police found a patch on his chest with the acronym “RWDS,” which stands for “Right Wing Death Squad”, a popular phrase among white supremacist groups, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Garcia had posted an image of a flak vest with the patch before the shooting.
Holding their hands up shoppers were escorted from the mall after the gunman was neutralized
An internal email being disseminated within Texas law enforcement has revealed that police believe the shooter was an “incel,” or “involuntary celibate,” too.
“Incel” refers to a person, typically young men, who define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner and express hostility to people who can.
Many of Garcia’s posts were misogynistic and celebrated “incel” culture. Some posts involved ”incel” mass murderer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured 14 before killing himself in Isla Vista, Calif., in 2014.
Investigators have yet to release a motive behind Garcia chose to specifically target the Allen shopping mall, about 25 miles north of his parents home in Dallas.