Gunman who killed 3 at Jacksonville Dollar General stopped at another discount store ahead of racially motivated attack: Cops

The shooter who killed three Black people at a Dollar General in Jacksonville, Florida, worked at a discount store Saturday and stopped at a Family Dollar, where the presence of a security guard forced him to leave just before taking carried out what police say was a racially motivated attack.

Ryan Palmerer, 21, who is white, had worked at Dollar Tree from October 2021 to July 2022, Jacksonville Sheriff TK Waters said Monday.

“Based on what we saw — he stopped at Family Dollar and worked at Dollar Tree before and then went to Dollar General — that was his intention the whole time,” Waters said.

Why that store? It’s still hard to tell.”

Security footage shows Palmerer entering a Family Dollar and leaving minutes later with a small shopping bag.

Footage shows that when he got to his car, a security guard entered the parking lot and he drove off, Waters said.

The man who opened fire inside a Jacksonville Dollar General on Saturday previously worked at a discount store. Getty Images

“I don’t think he wanted to face someone who could cause him any trouble. It sounds like she wanted to take action on the Family Dollar, that’s what it looks like, and she didn’t because I think she got impatient and tired of waiting,” Waters said.

The latest evidence leads Waters to believe that Edward Waters University, a small, historically black college where the gunman was spotted and asked to leave earlier that day, was not his intended target.

ryan palmerRyan Palmerer, 21, left a manifesto after carrying out the shooting proving the attack was racially motivated.

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“I don’t think, considering that, that EWU was a target,” Waters said, noting that during the brief time Palmer was near campus, he was parked next to a car with two young African-American men in it and did nothing.

Shortly after leaving school, he arrived at the Dollar General in the predominantly black neighborhood of New Town.

Palmer, dressed in a tactical vest and carrying a Glock pistol and an AR-15-style rifle covered in swastikas, killed Angela Michelle Carr, 52, Jerrald Gallion, 29, and Anolt Joseph “AJ” Laguerre Jr., of 19.

He fired 11 rounds at Carr as she sat in her car in the store’s parking lot, while Gallion was shot and killed as he entered the store with his girlfriend.

Jacksonville GunslingerPalmerer walked into the Dollar General on Saturday afternoon with an AR-15-style rifle covered in swastikas. via REUTERS

Laguerre worked at Dollar General and was trying to flee when he was shot dead.

Palmer, who shot himself 11 minutes after the attack began, acted alone in his racist attack, authorities said.

The shoppers managed to flee the dollar store through a back door as he chased and shot them.

AJ Laguerre Anolt Joseph Laguerre Jr., who worked at Dollar General, was killed.
Jerrald Gallion Jerrald Gallion was killed as he entered the store with his girlfriend. family brochure

He also left a suicide note and several racist rants on the computer at his parents’ home in Clay County, where he lived, authorities said.

“The manifesto is, frankly, the diary of a madman,” Waters said during an earlier briefing. “It was completely irrational. But with irrational thoughts, he knew what he was doing. He was 100% lucid”.

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Angela CarrAngela Carr, 52, was struck by a flurry of bullets while sitting in her car.

“This shooting was racially motivated and I hated black people,” Waters said.

The weapons Palmer used were purchased legally in April and June of this year, despite Palmer being held for an emergency mental health evaluation for three days in 2017, though he was released after an examination.

FBI investigators are treating the shooting as a hate crime.

with postal wires

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