According to the FBI, the gunman who opened fire inside the Walmart store Ohio The attack, which injured four people on Monday before committing suicide, may have been “inspired, at least in part, by racially motivated violent extremist ideology.”
Two of the victims were identified as white, and the other two were identified as black.
An FBI spokesperson told ABC News that among the items recovered from the home of the gunman, identified as 20-year-old Benjamin Charles Jones, were two Nazi flags, an “SS history book” and a shooting complex. He said the items included cards, handwritten notes and a laptop. Originally from Dayton, Ohio.
“Based on the evidence collected, including diary entries from the attacker, the attacker may have been inspired, at least in part, by racially motivated violent extremist ideology,” the spokesperson said. told ABC, adding that authorities “continue to investigate the motivating factors that led to this attack.”
Jones entered the Beavercreek store in suburban Dayton around 8:30 p.m., armed with a Hi-Point .45 carbine. Authorities said the man opened fire, striking three women and a man, before turning the gun on himself.
Police said Tuesday that three of the injured were in stable condition and one woman was in critical but stable condition.
“Monday night, tragedy struck our beloved community. The strength of our community shines through in the face of adversity,” Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone said at a news conference.
Walmart said in a statement that the company is “heartbroken” by the incident and is working closely with law enforcement authorities.
Witness Christopher Safran told Dayton’s WHIO-TV that he was shopping with his wife when he heard five or six gunshots. “I turned around and told my girlfriend to get behind me,” he later recalled. The couple fled through a nearby loading dock as gunshots rang out in the background.
The Beaver Creek store was the scene of a deadly police shooting nearly a decade ago when a white officer shot and killed John Crawford III, a 22-year-old black man who had picked an unwrapped pellet rifle off a shelf. Crawford’s family later reached a $1.7 million settlement with the city of Beavercreek.
The Beaver Creek shooting was the second to target a Walmart within 24 hours. The day before, a man fatally shot a woman at an outlet in Anchorage, Alaska, before fatally wounding her. Anchorage police said the crime was domestic violence-related.
Walmart, which has police outposts at some of its 4,600 locations nationwide, has taken steps to combat gun violence, including conducting computer-based live-fire training in 2015.
The shootings come a year after a Walmart supervisor in Chesapeake, Virginia, killed six of his co-workers just before Thanksgiving. In 2019, a white gunman killed 23 people in a racially motivated attack on Hispanic shoppers at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Shortly after, the retail giant stopped selling certain types of ammunition and asked customers not to carry firearms openly in its stores.
A company spokesperson said: “We take a comprehensive approach to promoting a safe shopping and working environment, including policies, training, monitoring and response, as well as regular reviews of our security protocols and practices. “ said in a statement to The Associated Press..
“While we do not publicly discuss the safety measures we take in our stores, the safety of our employees and customers is our top priority.”
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