The social media accounts of Allen, Texas, mall shooting suspect Mauricio Garcia, as well as a patch that contained the acronym “RWDS” for “Right Wing Death Squad,” are being scrutinized as law enforcement investigates the aftermath of the mass murder at Allen Premium Outlets mall.
Heavy has reviewed extensive postings and photos on the shooter’s OK.ru site. That’s a Russian-based social media platform that he used under the name, Psyco Vision 5. The site was first revealed by the New York Times and confirmed with reporting by Bellingcat’s Aric Toler. The Times reported that authorities believe the page belonged to Garcia.
The lengthy posts discuss mass shootings, including at school. He says he moved toward right-wing ideology, and some of his posts are racist and anti-Semitic, showing idolatry toward Nazis and Adolf Hitler. He described himself as an incel filled with hatred toward women and a loner who was angry at his parents, society, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and more. His profile picture is a yellow smiley face with a Hitler mustache. He also had a YouTube account in the name Dusty Shackleford, but it’s now deleted. His Facebook page is deleted.
Here’s what you need to know:
Garcia Shared Photos of a Ballistic Vest, Bullets, Weapons & a Screenshot of the Busiest Hours at the Allen Mall
The gunman shared many photos on his OK.ru page. They show knives, guns, a ballistic vest, and a screenshot of the mall’s busiest traffic times. You can see his photos here. He also posted about trips to restaurants, his taxes, job searches, and how he was living in a hotel.
CNN reporter Josh Campbell first tweeted that Garcia, 33, of Dallas, had an “extensive social media presence” that included “neo-Nazi and white supremacist-related posts and images that authorities believe he shared online.”
Although police officials have not publicly confirmed Garcia’s name or motive, his identity was reported by multiple news outlets based on law enforcement sources, including CNN. Garcia was a former security guard who was wearing tactical gear and armed with an AR-15 rifle, according to a state database and video showing his body at the scene.
Garcia gunned down eight people and wounded seven more outside the Allen Premium Outlets Mall on May 6, 2023, Allen Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd said in a previous news conference. Garcia, whose license to work as a security guard was expired in Texas, was shot to death by a police officer who was already at the mall on an unrelated call, Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey said in that news conference, although neither official gave his name.
Campbell reported that Garcia “had an insignia on his clothing that read ‘RWDS,’ which police believe stands for Right Wing Death Squad.” There is a picture of a ballistic vest with that patch on the Ok.ru page.
The Washington Post also reported that a patch on Garcia’s chest said “RWDS,” which the Post described as “an acronym that stands for Right Wing Death Squad.” According to The Post, “the phrase is popular among right wing extremists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.”
Mauricio Garcia Ranted About Black Lives Matter & Wrote That America Was Controlled by ‘Scheming Jews’ & Was Going to Be ‘White Again’
In posts on the OK.ru page, Garcia expressed hatred for various groups of people, writing, “If illegal aliens, Antifa, and BlackLivesMatter are allowed to break the law with impunity, why should other Americans respect the law? Why not break the law if you can get away with it as others are allowed to do.”
He also shared posts from the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi, white supremacist website. In an anti-Semitic post, he wrote, “America is controlled by a cabal of scheming Jews, and the time has come to rise up against them.” He also wrote, “We are going to make America white again.”
He wrote about Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and mentioned Parkland, Florida, school shooter Nikolas Cruz. In January 2023, he wrote about the societal reaction to mass shootings:
By now, the pattern of public response is tragically familiar. Cable news covers the atrocities around the clock. Victims’ relatives and political leaders express horror, outrage, and resolve. Editorials call for new laws to limit access to the tools of mass murder. Gun rights advocates respond that the answer lies in getting more guns into the right hands, not in gun bans that will prove ineffectual in a nation that already boasts approximately 300 million guns, or eighty-eight for every hundred people….A few isolated states may strengthen their gun laws, but at least an equal number will do the opposite.
According to The New York Times, which first reported on the social media platform’s existence, Garcia suggested several times that he was “of Hispanic origin — at one point indicating they are originally from Mexico,” but expressed white supremacy ideology.
Garcia’s platform is filled with notebook writings and drawings. Garcia also shared photos of shooting range targets and websites where you can buy ammo. He wrote “my kind of people” with a picture of a man in a Nazi uniform.
Mauricio Garcia Posted That ‘Everybody Is Dead’ on the Day of the Mass Shooting
Garcia’s last post was on May 6, 2023, the day of the mass shooting, and reads:
Go tell aunt Rhody that everybody is dead
Resident Evil Biohazard
Kenotia – You Dug Your Grave, Now Lie In It
I can’t unbreak something that’s broken now
This is over for me
This is just the way it has to be
I’m so sorry
Please believe me
It’s not what I wanted
But it’s just the way this has to be
Please forgive me
When I tell you it’s not what I wanted
Hey, you, keep breathing
Just keep breathing
Hey, you, if it’s meant to be
It will come back to you
I am lost so far from unknown, who will save me from myself
That same day, he wrote, “The Walk Of The Devil. I just found out Wagner Maniçoba de Moura was the voice of death. Now I feel like watching the 1rst 2 season’s of Narcos.”
On May 5, he wrote, “Moons full loser’s. See you in the morning.”
On April 21, he wrote,
Silver or Lead
No matter how well I think I can hide it. Their’s always someone who see’s right through me. The 1rst was this loser. Out of the blue this fucking guy said you look like the type to walk into a crowd and start shooting. Later I got the urge to watch Rampage. The Uwe Boll one not the video game one.
Another time this crew I worked with at BCW said in a joking way “if you ever come in here and snap can you spare me?” I think what gave me away was I wear all black
I was out 2 or 3 day’s. When I came back everyone thought I had killed someone or raped some chick
And when I was at Texas Finishing Company this dude said
Can you warn me when you go postal
He also wrote about mass shootings:
What is missing from the scapegoating arguments is a good look in the mirror by us as a society and a culture. Other developed countries that we consider to be our peers simply do not have the problem with mass shooting incidents that we do. It is my contention that the very roots of our mass shooting epidemic may be found in our core cultural value of fierce individualism, a belief in vengeance, and the ethic that might makes right. These cultural values have been central to what it means to be an American since our nation’s birth. We have always loved to settle disputes (at the individual and group levels) with violence and guns and we gleefully celebrate vigilantism in our popular culture.
Garcia wrote that one post was inspired by “Libs of TikTok” on Twitter, adding that he “had this teacher who was supposed to be a chemistry teacher but she used the class to promote Jewish muh diversity hippie bullshit. I was just starting to go right wing.” CBS 11 news reporter J.D. Miles tweeted that Garcia had “no serious criminal record.”
The FBI Surveilled a Facebook Group Called ‘Right Wing Death Squad’ in 2019, but the Phrase Has Other Usages & Has Been Worn by the Proud Boys Group
In 2020, a search warrant affidavit filed in federal court in an Arkansas case, discussed a group with the same name: “Right Wing Death Squad.”
The term has other uses, however. For example, it is the name of an online video game and a song.
The term has also been associated with the Proud Boys group. In one case, a man standing alongside a group of Proud Boys and who was wearing a Proud Boys hat had on a t-shirt that “featured the Proud Boys’ black-and-yellow color scheme and a black-and-yellow flag design, as well as the letters ‘RWDS’- which stands for ‘Right Wing Death Squad,'” according to the Anti-Defamation League.
The New Yorker also reported that Proud Boys members have worn RWDS or “Right-Wing Death Squad—hats and patches; others wore balaclavas, kilts, hockey masks, or batting helmets. One man was wearing a T-shirt with an image of South American dissidents being thrown out of a helicopter and the words ‘pinochet did nothing wrong!'”
Authorities have not revealed whether they believe Garcia belonged to any groups.
In the Arkansas case, the FBI agent wrote in that affidavit that three other men exchanged racist and other messages “about the research, procurement, and development of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), illegally manufactured firearms, ammunition, and ballistic body armor.” Garcia is not mentioned in that affidavit, however, and authorities have not explained why they believe he was wearing an RWDS patch.
The affidavit says the men named in the affidavit “were participants in a Facebook Messenger chat group named ‘Right Wing Death Squad.'” One of the men made a reference to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, the affidavit says. According to Fox2Now, one of those members was a military member stationed in Missouri.
Authorities Are Investigating the Mass Shooting as a ‘Possible Hate Crime,’ a Report Says
Authorities are investigating the mall massacre as a “possible hate crime,” The Washington Post reported.
According to the Post, Garcia, who had “multiple weapons on him and in his nearby car,” was wearing a patch on his chest that “suggested the potential white supremacist leanings” when he randomly gunned down mallgoers, including a small child. NBC News reported that the patch contained “a right-wing acronym.”
A tattoo was also visible on the suspect’s hand in a video showing him lying dead outside the mall.
A series of disturbing videos have emerged showing the gunman opening fire, his body lying bloodied on the ground, and victims lying deceased in a pile outside the H&M store.
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