Three killed in racially motivated shooting at Florida store, sheriff says

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from The Washington Post,

A White man armed with a high-powered rifle covered in swastikas killed three Black people after opening fire Saturday at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Fla., before fatally shooting himself, local law enforcement said, describing the attack as racially motivated.

“He targeted a certain group of people, and that’s Black people,” Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters (R) said at a news conference Saturday evening.

Two men and one woman were killed in the shooting, he said. Authorities have not publicly identified the gunman but said he was in his early 20s and fatally shot himself after law enforcement arrived at the scene. No other people suffered gunshot wounds, and the shooter is believed to have acted alone, Waters said.

The FBI’s Jacksonville office is investigating the shooting as a hate crime, the agency said in a statement posted to social media. Images provided by authorities of an AR-15-style rifle used in the shooting showed white swastikas drawn on the weapon.

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