Five Dead in Las Vegas Mass Shooting Allegedly Perpetrated by White Supremacists

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
June 9 2014 11:30 AM

Five Dead in Las Vegas Mass Shooting Allegedly Perpetrated by White Supremacists

Yesterday in Las Vegas.

Ethan Miller/Getty Images

On the heels of the mass shooting three weeks ago in Santa Barbara, the mass shooting last week at Seattle Pacific University, and an armed assault on a Georgia courthouse last Friday, five people died in Las Vegas yesterday as a male-female pair killed two police officers and a random civilian before apparently turning their weapons on themselves inside a Walmart.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that the police officers were killed around 11:30 a.m. at a CiCi's Pizza restaurant, after which the suspects took the officers' ammunition and ran to the Walmart.

There, the assailants shot and killed at least one person inside the front door of the store. They exchanged gunfire with police inside the store before the female suspect shot the male suspect and then killed herself.
Residents at an apartment complex where it appeared the two lived together said they had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views, bragging about their gun collection and boasting that they’d spent time at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a recent standoff there between armed militia members and federal government agents.
The duo also told people they planned to commit a mass shooting, said Brandon Moore, a resident of the complex.
"They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine," Moore said.

The Sun reports that the suspects were "known to walk around town dressed as the Batman comic book characters The Joker and Harley Quinn," while the Las Vegas Review-Journal spoke to a neighbor who said the male attacker "often wore camouflage or dressed as Peter Pan as a Fremont Street Experience street performer."

The Review-Journal reports that the suspects draped a "Don't Tread On Me" flag over the bodies of the police officers they killed. The flag, which dates to the Revolutionary War, is used as a symbol by many right-wing anti-government groups.

Ben Mathis-Lilley edits the Slatest. Follow @Slatest on Twitter.



The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

How Did the Royals Win Despite Bunting So Many Times? Bunting Is a Terrible Strategy.

Catacombs Where You Can Stroll Down Hallways Lined With Corpses

Homeland Is Good Again! For Now.


Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.


How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 6:39 PM Spoiler Special: Transparent
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?