Just a few hours before he Shooting in a crowded food court in Indiana On Sunday night, 20-year-old gunman Jonathan Sapiriman appeared to have made chilling posts on 4chan warning of his plans and invoking Nazi imagery.
Sapiriman, 20, walked to Greenwood Park Shopping Center from his apartment on Sunday with three legally purchased firearms — two assault rifles and a pistol. He spent an hour in the bathroom then stepped out into the food court and shot dead three people, all Hispanic, before “good Samaritan” Elisjsha Dicken, 22, fatally shot him. from long range with a pistol.
Sapiriman’s motives remain unclear; His family said he was evicted from his apartment, recently quit his warehouse job and used a firearm frequently. Greenwood Police said he started buying guns from local gun stores in March.
A deleted post that appears to have been posted by Sapirman on 4chan, the online message board that played a role in several white supremacist-inspired mass shootings, has gone viral online. .
“Name is jonathan and today looks like a good day to die,” the message, with a 1:13 p.m. timestamp, reads. It comes with a color wedding photo of an Unterscharführer, a rank in the Nazi army. He opened fire at around 6pm that same day.
The post also includes a link to Imgur, an image-sharing website, which features photos of a young man wearing an unbuttoned white shirt, black mask, blue jeans and combat vest. Behind are two AR-15-style rifles, a shotgun and ammunition.
“The Greenwood Police Department and the FBI are working hard to establish the source,” he told WISH-TV. “Once our investigation is complete, we will release an update. There is no timeframe on this update as the investigation is ongoing.”
BEHAVIOR BEHAVIOR reports that the man’s outfit in the Imgur photos matches that seen in a crime scene graphic that was posted on 4chan. It shows the bloody suspect lying dead on a brick at Greenwood Mall with a placard saying “dead.” Ison does not dispute the authenticity of that photo with BEHAVIOR BEHAVIORsays the police are trying to figure out where it originated.
Investigators did not allege that Sapiriman held any white far-right or far-right ideology. However, his three victims – the couple Pedro and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, and Victor Gomez – were El Salvadoran and Mexican respectively, friends told WISH-TV. Greenwood is 84.5% white, according to census data.
Investigators said Monday that, when they searched Sapirman’s apartment, they found his laptop with a can of butane in a hot oven.
He also threw his cell phone into the toilet at the shopping mall before committing the act of carnage. Laptops and cell phones are under further investigation by the FBI.
4chan has been repeatedly criticized for being an assemblage of bigotry and a training ground for far-right conspiracy theorists. Most recently, it was accused of playing a role in radicalize the Buffalo shooter who killed 10 Negroes at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Upstate New York.