Source: Investigators Examine Ideology of Texas Gunman
ALLEN, Texas (AP) — Federal officials are looking into whether the gunman who killed eight people at a Dallas-area mall expressed an interest in white supremacist ideology Sunday as they work to discern a motive for the attack, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official cautioned the investigation is in its early stages. Federal agents have been reviewing social media accounts they believe were used by Mauricio Garcia, 33, and posts that expressed interest in white supremacist and neo-Nazi views, said the official, who could not discuss details of the investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. Garcia also had a patch on his chest when he was killed by police that read “RWDS,” an acronym for the phrase “Right Wing Death Squad, ” Which is popular among right-wing extremists and white supremacy groups, the official said. In addition to reviewing social media posts, federal agents have interviewed family members and associates of Garcia to ask about his ideological beliefs, the official ial said. Investigators are also Reviewing Financial Records, Other Online Posts they believe Garcia Made and Other Electronic Media, According to the OFFICIAL. LINED SUNDAY Evening to Answer Questions from the AP, saying of the investigation The Texas Department of Public Safety identified Garcia as suspected of killing eight people at a Texas outlet mall, a day after the attack turned an afternoon of shopping into a massacre. Garcia was fatally shot Saturday by a police officer who happened ed to be near the suburban Dallas mall. A law enforcement official said investigators have been searching a Dallas motel near an interstate where Garcia had been staying. The official said police also found multiple weapons at the scene after Garcia was killed, including an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun. Two law enforcement officials said investigators also searched a Dallas home connected to the suspect. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of an ongoing investigation. A woman who lives three houses down from the low brick house said she saw a large group of uniformed officers go into the home Saturday between 6 pm and 7 pm “They went in like real fast, and I seen them do that like twice,” said Marsha Alexander, who said officers were still in the area when she went to bed around 9 pm to 10 pm They were gone by Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon, a woman named Julie was sitting on the porch of her house, next door to the one searched the day before. She declined to give her last name to an AP reporter but said she awoke from a nap around 6 pm Saturday to see four police squad cars and a large group of officers outside her neighbor’s home. She said they entered the home and were joined about an hour later by FBI agents and other people wearing plainclothes, who she also took to be law enforcement. The woman said she did not know her neighbors well, but knew them to be “very polite, very nice people.” She said the man she now understands to have been the The shooter was always friendly and would wave or honk his horn as he came and went. At about 2 pm Sunday, a man entered the home that was searched, but when reporters knocked on the door and waited, no one answered.