The gunman – identified as Nathan Allen, 28, – considered whites ‘apex predators,’ the DA said. He was fatally shot by police
A ‘white supremacist’ who considered himself an ‘apex predator’ crashed into Winthrop, Massachusetts, home on Saturday then ‘executed’ two innocent black bystanders in a suspected hate attack, it is claimed.
Nathan Allen, 28, is believed to have deliberately murdered victims David Green, 58, and Ramona Cooper, 60, because of the color of their skin.
Early in the investigation, police found ‘troubling’ white supremacy rhetoric and statements Allen wrote, which included the superiority of the white race, about whites being ‘apex predators’ and drawings of swastikas, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said.
Before Saturday’s fatal encounter, Allen wasn’t on her office’s radar. He was married, employed, had a Ph.D. and no criminal history, Rollins said.
‘To all external sources he likely appeared unassuming,’ she said.
‘And then, yesterday afternoon he stole a box truck, crashed it into another vehicle and a property, walked away from the wreckage interacting with multiple individuals and choosing only to shoot and kill the two black people he encountered.’
Green, was retired Massachusetts state trooper with 36 years on the job, and Cooper was retired Air Force staff sergeant. It’s unclear if the two victims knew each other.
A gunman has shot two people in suburban Boston before being shot by police, in an incident that saw a plumbing truck crash into the side of a house
One of the victims was David Green, 58, a retired Massachusetts state trooper who served for 36 years and was described as the ‘quintessential pro’
The second victim was Ramona Cooper, 60, a retired Air Force staff sergeant
The incident unfolded around 2:45pm Saturday in the city of Winthrop, about six miles outside of Boston, when Allen crashed the stolen box truck into the building.
He walked away from the crash and shot Cooper in the back multiple times and Green in the head, neck and torso, DA Rollins said.
When responding officers got to the scene, a Winthrop police sergeant found Cooper and Green on the ground with gunshot wounds, quickly identified and confronted Allen, and shot him, police said.
Rollins said the police sergeant followed protocol by telling Allen to drop the gun before shooting him and then ‘immediately rendered’ aid. Allen died shortly afterwards.
‘This Police Sergeant, like Trooper Green and Staff Sergeant Cooper, is a hero,’ Rollins said on Sunday. ‘The Sergeant stopped a volatile and escalating situation, saving lives, and protecting the community he serves.’
The incident unfolded at 2.41pm Saturday afternoon in Winthrop, Massachusetts , where police responded to reports of a large truck crash as well as 911 calls of shots fired
The Winthrop police sergeant who shot the gunman was placed on administrative leave, as part of standard protocol.
Rollins said police found the ‘troubling’ racist literature but didn’t say where they were found or go into any other details about them, but said, ‘There is a growing national, and global, problem with extremism and white supremacy.
‘The FBI believes the most serious domestic violent extremist threat comes from “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the white race.”‘
Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty told Masslive.com, ‘We have no tolerance for hate in this community.’
Medics wheel a gurney toward the scene after two people were shot in suburban Boston
Police secure the scene after a large truck crashed and shots were fired
The investigation is ongoing.
Massachusetts state police told Fox News that Green was the ‘quintessential professional’ and are trying to determine if attempted to confront the suspect.
‘As the investigation continues and resources are extended to the victims’ loved ones and to the Winthrop community, we must say loud and clear that hate has no place in our communities or our nation,’ Rollins tweeted on Sunday.