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Scott Ostrem Killed 3 Latino Strangers At A Wal-Mart And Isn’t Being Called Out For It

You may not have heard about a shooting that happened at a Wal-Mart north of Denver on November 1st that claimed the lives of three people.

According to Raw Story reports, 47-year-old Scott Ostrem simply walked into the store and according to eyewitness accounts, began “nonchalantly” shooting shoppers with his handgun.

Ostrem was captured alive by police on November 2nd. Cops say he had “no possible motive for the shooting other than to say there was nothing to suggest it was related to terrorism.”

The incident was largely overshadowed by the vehicular attack in lower Manhattan that killed 8 people on Halloween and the Texas church massacre in Sutherland Springs where 26 people perished, but anyone with good sense can easily draw a link between Ostrem’s attack and the white supremacist violence that has increased since Donald Trump took office. Here’s a few facts to consider, via Raw Story:

Ostrem killed three Hispanic people, Pam Marques, Victor Vasquez, and Carlos Moreno, all parents. In the apartment complex where Ostrem lived, neighbors described him as “a bizarre, angry man who lived alone in an apartment with a stack of Bibles and virtually no furniture.” He was a “loner who would walk around carrying weapons” like a shotgun or bow and arrows.

When it came to relations with neighbors, Ostrem “was very racist towards Hispanics.” Another said he was “verbally abusive towards Hispanics.”

The local CBS affiliate reported Ostrem “often expressed dislike for Hispanics to their faces.” A Hispanic employee at the building said, “If he saw a Hispanic person, he would tell them to get out of his way.” One neighbor said Ostrem would say, “’This is America. You shouldn’t be here.”

Needless to say, we should all be paying more attention to Ostrem, and people like him, who may be likely to act on their racism.

Do you think enough is being done to stop this kind of violence from happening? And for those of us who are minorities, should we be more paranoid about our crazy racist neighbors?