Police just revealed the California bar shooter’s haunting social media posts seconds before the massacre

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The tragic mass shooting on Wednesday that claimed the lives of 12 innocent people at BorderlineBar & Grill in Ventura County, California has once again brought the topic of gun violence surging to the forefront of the public consciousness. As Americans sift through aftermath for the umpteenth time, we find ourselves looking for explanations that may never fully materialize.

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The 29-year-old veteran who committed the murders also killed himself so, as is so often the case, there is no way to truly know why he did what he did. He allegedly sexually assaulted his high school coach, continuing a long trend of mass shooters with past histories of violence against women.

Now, a few more pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. Fox News reports that Ventura Country Sergeant  Eric Bucshow has revealed that the gunman made an Instagram post during the shooting. The police haven’t stated what exactly he posted in between shooting and reloading. The Instagram account has since been removed.

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Fox also reports that the police have sent a so-called preservation letter to Instagram to ensure that the shooter’s account is not tampered with or altered. It also allows authorities time to properly get a warrant to investigate the account.

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In addition to Instagram, the shooter is also said to have posted what have been described as “rants” on Facebook before the shooting. He voiced his desire to be called “insane” and made fun of those who offer “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of mass shootings.

“I hope they call me insane .. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yea, I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’… or ‘keep you in my thoughts’ .. every time .. and wonder why these keep happening….” the gunman wrote.

It’s clear that the killer had planned to carry out his crime for some time now and we as a society need to figure out a way to identify warning signs sooner, and work to make these tragedies a thing of the past.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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