Three Dead in Jacksonville After “Racially-Motivated” Attack; Suspect Turns Gun on Himself

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A 20-year-old white male opened fire in a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday afternoon in a “racially-motivated” attack. He killed two black men and one black woman before he took his own life.  The suspect had been on the radar since a 2016 domestic call from his parents, with whom he lived in Clay County.  Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters said in a press conference that shortly before the shooting, security guards spotted the suspect at Edward Waters University, a historically black university, wearing a mask and a bulletproof vest, carrying a Glock handgun.  He escaped campus security and headed for Jacksonville by car prompting Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook to call Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.  The suspect’s parents called the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at 1:53 p.m. after receiving a text message from their son leading to his manifesto at their home.  The suspect released three manifestos — one to his parents, one to federal law enforcement, and one to the media.