“You know what I hate? All these Christians who hate gays.”
Police late Tuesday night named one of the suspects in a mass shooting at a Colorado school, and sources close to the investigation leaked information about the other.
The shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver took place Tuesday afternoon, leaving one student dead and eight others injured, authorities said. According to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, both of the alleged shooters were male students at the K-12 public charter school.
The sheriff’s office later announced that one of the suspects was Devon Erickson, 18, but said it would provide no further information about him because “we still have interviews to conduct and we want to make sure we have the most accurate information.”
#stemshooting Adult suspect has been identified as Devon Erickson, age 18. We will not be releasing any photos at this time as it could jeopardize this critical on-going invest. We still have interviews to conduct and we want to make sure we have the most accurate information
— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) May 8, 2019
Local news outlets reported that Erickson does not have a criminal record. However, the young man has a well-documented record of anti-conservative activism on social media.
Erickson, a registered Democrat who expressed support for LGBT rights, said on Facebook in 2014 that he hated Christians for their beliefs about homosexuality.
“You know what I hate? All these Christians who hate gays, yet in the bible, it says in Deuteronomy 17:12-13, if someone doesn’t do what their priest tells them to do, they are supposed to die. It has plenty of crazy stuff like that. But all they get out of it is ‘ewwwwww gays,'” he said.
In 2015, Erickson shared a post from the left-wing Occupy Democrats Facebook page praising then-President Barack Obama. In 2016, he shared a video of NBC talk show host Seth Meyers delivering one of his many monologues criticizing President Donald Trump.
Multiple sources close to the investigation told Denver7 late Tuesday night that the second suspect, who is a minor, is a transgender male who was in the midst of transitioning from female to male. The sources said the suspects were motivated by anger at their fellow students and a desire for revenge.
At least one handgun was known to have been used in the attack, the and liberal activists renewed calls for gun control.
Soon, @NRA lapdogs will say that the teachers in Highlands Ranch should have been armed. Shame them. Shun them.
The Second Amendment is a framework for lawmaking, not a suicide pact.
Our lawmakers have the power to stop this. https://t.co/yD3Y48GvZc
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 7, 2019
However, those who have blamed recent shootings by right wingers on political extremism and online radicalization were notably silent. Conservatives noted what they said was a double-standard.
“In 2016, his account shared a video of Seth Meyers attacking President Trump, and in 2015, “he shared an Occupy Democrats post praising then President Barack Obama,” according to Heavy.”
So now, according to the new rules, Seth Meyers and OD are causal. https://t.co/7HF8jIUKQZ
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) May 8, 2019
In response to pressure from the left, social media companies have lately stepped up policing of “hateful” content on their platforms – resulting in a purge of mostly right-wing users. Last month, Twitter suspended Oscar-winning actor and conservative commentator James for what appeared to be a warning to President Donald Trump alleged persecutors in the “deep state.”
The White House released a statement on Tuesday sending “prayers” to the victims of the STEM school shooting.
“Our prayers are with the victims, family members, and all those affected by today’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Littleton, Colorado,” the statement read. “Tragically, this community and those surrounding it know all too well these hateful and horrible acts of violence.”
The STEM school shooting came weeks after the 20th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School, which is located about seven miles away. District schools were closed April 17 amid a manhunt for an armed Florida teen who authorities said was obsessed with the massacre. The girl was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On Tuesday evening, a Highlands Ranch house where Erickson reportedly lived was cordoned off by police. A car was seen being towed away from the home just before 10 p.m. with the words “Fuck society” scrawled on the side.
A CBS Denver news producer tweeted a photo of the car, which he said also had “‘666’ and what looks like a pentagram sprayed on the hood.”
— John Fenton (@higuysimjohn) May 8, 2019
Although authorities have yet to identify the student killed on Tuesday, NBC News identified him as Kendrick Castillo, an 18-year-old senior.