The gunman who slaughtered nine people at an Oregon community college Thursday was a 26-year-old loner introvert with a disdain for organized religion who lived with his fiercely protective mother.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said he wouldn’t name the shooter because “I will not give him the credit he probably sought” at a press conference.
Yet the profile of the shooter who reportedly demanded that his victims state their religions before firing on them began to take shape through news reports and Mercer’s apparent online profiles.
His social media paints a picture of someone who admired Irish Republican Army fighters, thought a great deal about America’s mass killings and may have even revealed hints about the community college massacre.
“He appears to be an angry young man who was very filled with hate,” a law enforcement official told The New York Times.
Rosario Lucumi, who rode the same city bus as Mercer, said the 26-year-old shared a small one-bedroom apartment with his mother, Laurel Harper.
“He and his mother were really close,” she revealed to the Times. “They were always together.”
Neighbors said Harper went to great lengths to shield her son from ordinary annoyances. She once started a petition demanding the landlord do a better extermination job in the complex because its cockroaches were “really irritating” Mercer.