(RepublicanNews.org) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is insisting that racial prejudice may have had a hand in a mass shooting at an Ohio Walmart on the Monday preceding Thanksgiving despite 50% of the shooter’s four victims being white. According to a number of reports, a 20-year-old by the name of Benjamin Charles Jones entered the Beavercreek Walmart at approximately 8:30 p.m. on November 20th and allegedly began targeting shoppers shortly thereafter.
Captain Chad Lindsey, the city’s acting police chief, told reporters at a November 21st press conference that 911 received its first call regarding the incident at about 8:36 p.m. on the night of the shootings. Lindsey explained that the first shots were not fired until after the caller began speaking to the dispatcher.
Officers were said to be on scene within three minutes of the initial contact and they reportedly found that the suspect had committed suicide before their arrival. Authorities said Jones’ body was found adjacent to the facility’s on-site optometry center and that no shots were fired by law enforcement.
The victims’ names and ages have not yet been released. Two black women, one white woman, and one white man were reportedly shot. According to the latest reports, one of the victims remains in critical condition and the other three have been upgraded to stable.
Beavercreek police say Jones carried his alleged attack with a pistol-caliber carbine using a single 9-round magazine. Authorities said Jones bought the piece legally from a local dealer only two days before the incident. However, the FBI is reportedly reviewing his background check questionnaire to see if any potential flags were missed.
According to a Newsweek report, a search of Jones’ home yielded “Nazi flags” and his Instagram account was said to have several gun-related posts. Federal authorities have indicated that the 20-year-old’s journal writings allegedly espoused holocaust denial and belief in certain right-wing conspiracy theories.
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