In some circles, you might hear the claim that mass shootings in the USA are done mostly by Whites, and people in those circles typically will point to shootings such as the Charleston church shooting or the Columbine Massacre as examples of this. But how do these stand up against other mass shootings in the USA perpetrated by POCs (persons of color)?
Here are some of the bigger mass shootings perpetrated by POCs in the USA, in rough ranking by persons shot and/or killed. I urge anyone with questions about the information presented here to simply do some investigative research for themselves.
Omar Mir Seddique, also known as Omar Mateen, was a mass murderer who killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in a shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016, before he was killed in a shootout with police. It was the deadliest shooting by a single shooter in U.S. history, as well as the deadliest act of violence targeting LGBT persons. Before the shooting, he had been investigated for connections to terrorism by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2013 and 2014. During that period, he was placed on the Terrorist Screening Database, but subsequently removed. In a call to 9-1-1 during the shooting, Mateen identified himself as “Mujahideen,” “Islamic Soldier,” and “Soldier of God;” he pledged his allegiance multiple times to the militant jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). He said the shooting was “triggered” by an airstrike in Iraq that killed Abu Wahib, an ISIL commander, six weeks before. Mateen was an Afghan born in the US to parents who immigrated here in the 1980s. His family was described as being moderate Muslims and “an all-American family” in a Washington Post article published the day after his shooting.
The 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre killed 32 and wounded 17 others. An additional six people were injured jumping from windows to escape. Seung-Hui Cho was the perpetrator; he was a senior-level undergraduate student at the university. Cho committed suicide after police breached the doors of the building where the majority of the shooting had taken place. Born in South Korea, Cho arrived in the United States at the age of eight with his family.
Nidal Malik Hasan was convicted of fatally shooting 13 people and injuring more than 30 others in the Fort Hood mass shooting on November 5, 2009. Hasan was born in Arlington County, Virginia, to Palestinian parents who immigrated to the U.S. from al-Bireh in the West Bank; his mother immigrated to the USA after the 1967 war, and Nidal was raised as a Muslim.
On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, which consisted of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing. The perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, were a married couple living in the city of Redlands. They targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and holiday party that was held in a rented banquet room and was attended by about 80 employees. Farook was an American-born U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent who worked as a health department employee. Malik was a Pakistani-born lawful permanent resident of the United States. Enrique Marquez Jr., a convert to Islam and a relative to Farook through a sham marriage that had been set up by the Farook family, assisted in logistics for the shooting.
The Beltway sniper attacks were a series of coordinated shootings that took place over three weeks in October 2002 in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Ten people were killed and three other victims were critically injured in several locations throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and along Interstate 95 in Virginia. The rampage was perpetrated by John Allen Muhammad (then aged 42) and Lee Boyd Malvo (then 17), both Negroes, driving a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice sedan. Their crime spree actually began in February 2002 in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and Washington, with several murders and robberies along the way. This resulted in seven deaths and seven injuries, bringing the ten month shooting spree total to 17 deaths and 10 injuries. Born as John Allen Williams, Muhammad joined the Nation of Islam in 1987 and later changed his surname to Muhammad. As a member of the Nation of Islam, Muhammad helped provide security for the “Million Man March” in 1995. Lee Boyd Malvo (born February 18, 1985), also known as John Lee Malvo, is a Jamaican citizen and illegal immigrant to the USA. Under federal laws, neither was legally allowed to purchase or possess guns, with both classified as prohibited persons under the Gun Control Act of 1968.
The 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre was a mass murder that resulted in Colin Ferguson (born January 14, 1958) being convicted of murdering six people and injuring nineteen others on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in Garden City, New York. Colin Ferguson was a Negro born in Kingston, Jamaica; he moved to the United States in 1982 on a visitor’s visa.
The 2014 Isla Vista killings were committed by Elliot Oliver Robertson Rodger, a mixed-race child born in London to a British male and Malaysian female and brought to the USA when he was a child. Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured fourteen others near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, before committing suicide.
Leaving aside single- or double-perp shootings for a moment, there is the Bunny Friend Park shooting in New Orleans, Louisiana, that occurred in 2015. At least 70 shots were fired and about 17 persons were wounded, and the police have identified nine suspects and arrested five so far. Among the five who have been arrested is 22-year-old Rashad “KMG EZZY” Walker. Everyone involved, shooters and victims, are Negroes.
In the same year the Bunny Friend Park mass shooting occurred, there was a Mother’s Day second-line shooting in New Orleans’ 7th Ward. No one was killed, but 17 persons were injured in the shooting. Again, all involved were Negroes.
The Binghamton shootings took place on Friday, April 3, 2009, at the American Civic Association immigration center in Binghamton, New York. At approximately 10:30 a.m., Jiverly Antares Wong (aka Jiverly Voong), a naturalized American citizen from Vietnam, entered the facility and shot numerous people inside. Wong had taken English language classes there from January to March 2009 before dropping out. Wong shot a teacher and students from his former classroom; he killed 13 people and wounded four others before committing suicide. It was one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history at that time and the worst mass killing in the state of New York since the September 11 attacks.
The Umpqua Community College shooting occurred on October 1, 2015, at the UCC campus near Roseburg, Oregon, United States. Christopher Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old enrolled at the school, shot and killed an assistant professor and eight students in a classroom; he injured seven to nine others. During a brief shootout with Roseburg police detectives who had responded to the incident, Harper was wounded. He then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Harper-Mercer maintained several internet accounts, including one in which he described himself as mixed race (it’s visibly obvious that he is Mulatto or Quadroon).
The Washington Navy Yard shooting occurred on September 16, 2013, when Aaron Alexis, 34, a Negro, fatally shot twelve people and injured three others in a mass shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) inside the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast Washington, D.C. The attack took place in the Navy Yard’s building 197 and lasted approximately one hour, until Alexis was killed by police. It was the second-deadliest mass murder on a U.S. military base, behind only the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009. Interestingly, he had worked in Japan and claimed to be Buddhist.
Jeffrey James “Jeff” Weise (August 8, 1988 – March 21, 2005) was a student at Red Lake Senior High School in Red Lake, Minnesota, located within the Red Lake Indian Reservation of the Ojibwe people. He is known for murdering nine people in a shooting spree on March 21, 2005. He killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s companion before going to the reservation high school, where he murdered seven more people and wounded five others. He then committed suicide after being injured in a shootout with police.
The Oikos University shooting occurred on April 2, 2012. One L. Goh, a 43-year-old who had formerly been a student at the school, shot and killed seven people in this attack. Goh was taken into custody by police, and in 2017 was convicted of the shootings. Goh is a native of South Korea; he joined his parents and two older brothers in the United States at a young age and became a naturalized United States citizen.
SEVEN of these shootings - Pulse nightclub, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, San Bernardino, the Long Island Rail Road Massacre, Binghampton, and Oikos University - could have been ENTIRELY PREVENTED if the old “quota system” immigration laws had not been modified by the Immigration Act of 1965. All of those shooters were either first- or second-generation immigrants made possible by that Act. Further, one of the Beltway Snipers was an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT, and an eighth shooting, the Isla Vista killings, was done by an immigrant who may or may not have been eligible to come here under the “quota system.” It’s unknown whether the weapons purchaser in the San Bernardino terror attack was an immigrant, or descended from one who also would have been ineligible under the old law: His name is Hispanic and his appearance is Mestizo, so this is possible.
Islam figures in FOUR of these mass shootings by POCs- Pulse nightclub, Fort Hood, San Bernardino, and the Beltway Snipers - which, considering that Muslims make up only about 1% of the USA population, would seriously indict Islam as a religion associated with violence.