Race Hate Gunman Who Killed 2 Black People Wrote That Whites Are 'Apex Predators'

The gunman who allegedly crashed a stolen truck into a house and fatally shot two Black bystanders over the weekend believed white people are "apex predators," according to "troubling white supremacist rhetoric" found by police.

Nathan Allen, 28, is suspected of stealing a tractor-trailer and then crashing the truck into a home on Veterans Road in Winthrop, Massachusetts, on Saturday afternoon. Police said Allen climbed out of the truck and was armed with two guns, which he used to kill David Green, 63, and Ramona Cooper, 60.

Allen was later killed by police when they tried to apprehend him and the incident is being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said.

His victims were both service veterans. Green was a retired 36-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police and Cooper was a Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty said in a statement issued on Sunday.

Cooper was shot three times in the back and Green was shot four times in the head and three times in the torso, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in a press release. Green died at the scene while Cooper was pronounced dead at the hospital, police later confirmed.

Investigators have since found some "very troubling white supremacist rhetoric" written by Allen prior to the shooting.

"At this preliminary stage of the investigation, the excellent work of law enforcement has already unearthed troubling white supremacy rhetoric and statements written by the shooter," Rollins said. "This individual wrote about the superiority of the white race. About whites being 'apex predators.' He drew swastikas."

Rollins described Allen as being married and employed with a Ph.D. and no criminal history.

"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."

Rollins did not confirm if the victims were targeted for their race, but she did say that Allen walked past several people who were not Black, and none of them were injured or killed.

In addition to his antisemitic rhetoric, Rollins said the neighborhood Allen crashed the truck in is home to several Jewish places of worship. She said police are unsure of where Allen was going, and if any of the temples were his potential target.

Winthrop Police Chief Delehanty expressed his sympathy to the victim's families in a statement on Sunday.

"Retired Trooper David Green had a long and commendable career with the Massachusetts State Police and we honor his service," Delehanty said. "Our thoughts are also with the family of Ramona Cooper who was the other bystander killed. She was a U.S. Air Force veteran and we honor her service to our country."

Winthrop Police, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Suffolk District Attorney's Office are handling the investigation.

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File photo: Crime scene tape is seen after a mass shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, as Nathan Allen, 28, is suspected of killing David Green, 63, and Ramona Cooper, 60. Brendan Smialowski/Getty