Mourners booed Ron DeSantis at vigil in Jacksonville after racist shooting
Police have released the 911 call made by the father of the Jacksonville gunman who killed three black people in a racist attack.
Ryan Palmiter killed Anault Laguerre Jr., 19, Gerald Deshon Galleon, 29, and Angela Carr, 52, with an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun that he had covered with a Nazi swastika.
Palmiter’s 62-year-old father can be heard telling an emergency dispatcher that his son had stopped taking his psychiatric medication.
Earlier, it was revealed that the gunman may have originally planned to target a different store.
Surveillance footage shows the gunman arriving at the Family Dollar store at around 12.23pm on Saturday.
He was wearing a mask, kept the door open for the black agents coming in and out, entered for a while and then left without carrying out an attack. Palmeter then went to Edwards Waters University where he was turned away by a security guard.
Then he went to a Dollar General store — about a mile from the first store — where he shot and killed three people.
ICYMI: Vigil for the victims of the fatal shooting in Jacksonville
Ariana BayouAugust 30, 2023 at 15:00
ICYMI: Victim’s Daughter Powers Attorney Ben Crump
A press release from Mr. Crump said the daughter of a Jacksonville shooting victim has appointed civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump to retain power of attorney.
Armesha Payne, 52-year-old daughter of Angela Carr, will join Mr. Crump at a press conference to talk more about retaining Mr. Crump.
In a statement about the shooting, Mr Crump said: “Hate is poisonous, destructive and deadly. Three families and an entire community confront the devastating effects of boundless hate. The children are now without their loving parents and these families will never be complete again. This senseless and violent act is the latest in a long line of reminders that words drive ideology that lead to action, unspeakable actions, and we are all paying the price.
Ariana BayouAugust 30, 2023 at 14:00
Chilling video reveals that the Jacksonville gunman stopped at another discount store before shooting a Dollar General
Prior to the shooting at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida, the accused gunman of the racially motivated shooting visited a different discount store and a historically black college.
Newly obtained security footage showed the shooter paused several times before choosing to unleash terror at a Dollar General store where he shot and killed three blacks, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference Monday.
One of those stops included a visit to the Family Dollar Store, located just a mile and a half from Dollar General.
Footage released by law enforcement officials shows the armed man, identified as 21-year-old Ryan Palmeter, entering Family Dollar with a mask on his face, although he appears unarmed, as he held the door for customers before leaving.
Ariana BayouAugust 30, 2023 at 13:00
Gun control activists are calling for easy access to firearms
Ariana BayouAugust 30, 2023 at 12:00
Watch: Protesters demonstrate against white supremacy in Jacksonville, Florida
Ariana BayouAugust 30, 2023 at 11:00
WATCH: Jacksonville Police Provide Update on Investigation
Ariana BayouAugust 30, 2023 at 10:00
The gunman attended a historically black college before the shooting
Authorities said the gunman who carried out the shooting of Dollar General in Jacksonville, Florida, first went to Edward Waters University.
The gunman, identified as 21-year-old Ryan Christopher Palmeter, left his parents’ home in Clay County around 11.40am on Saturday and went to the campus of the historic Black College.
The authorities said it was not clear why he went to the college, but when he arrived he refused to identify himself to a security guard and was asked to leave.
“The individual returned to his vehicle and left campus without incident. The encounter was reported to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office by EWU security,” the school said in a statement. press release.
Ariana Bayou30 August 2023 at 09:00
How did the suspect in the Jacksonville shooting manage to purchase an AR-15?
The gunman who fatally shot three people at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday was able to legally purchase the weapons he used in the attack, despite being transferred to state care after a mental health crisis, law enforcement said. He said.
Ariana Bayou30 August 2023 at 07:00
Could Florida’s red flag law thwart a Jacksonville shooter?
Police in Florida arrested a 15-year-old six years ago for threatening suicide, although he was released shortly afterward after a forced mental health examination, according to official records.
This past weekend, the same guy walked into a Jacksonville Dollar General as a 21-year-old, carrying a rifle emblazoned with a swastika, and shot three black people to death in a racist attack. Then the gunman, who is white, killed himself.
Saturday’s shooting raises questions about whether so-called red flag laws in Florida and other states are being used effectively. They are designed to seize weapons from those experiencing mental health crises, or who threaten violence, before they hurt anyone.
Florida passed extensive gun control legislation in 2018, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which included a red flag law.
Under red flag provisions, law enforcement can ask a civil court to issue a risk prevention order prohibiting a person deemed a danger to themselves or others from possessing weapons. They also cannot purchase guns while the order is in effect.
Jacksonville shooter Ryan Palmeter had written racist graffiti that his father discovered after the shooting began. But it’s not clear whether he had previously made the kind of explicit threats of violence or engaged in conduct that should have triggered action under the state’s red flag law.
Asked in an interview Monday if he thought the shootings in his city indicated some failure in state laws, Waters said, “The system has not failed, from what we can see.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Ariana BayouAugust 30, 2023 at 05:00
Jacksonville shooting victims
Three victims, Angela Michelle Carr, 52, Anault Joseph “AJ” Laguerre Jr., 19, and Jarald Deshon Gallion, 29, were killed in a shooting that occurred over the weekend in Jacksonville, Florida.
Ariana BayouAugust 30, 2023 at 03:00