Asked at the press conference whether the victims were targeted because of the color of their skin, Rollins said the shooter “walked by several other people that were not Black” and did not harm them.
“At this preliminary stage of the investigation
, the excellent work of law enforcement has already unearthed troubling white supremacy rhetoric and statements written by the shooter
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Allen’s writings have been linked to “anti-Semitic and racist statements against Black individuals,” Rollins said at the press conference.
“This shooter was married and employed. He had a Ph.D. and no criminal history,” the district attorney said in her written statement. “To all external sources he likely appeared unassuming. En dan, yesterday afternoon he stole a box truck, crashed it into another vehicle and a property, walked away from the wreckage interacting with multiple individuals and choosing only to shoot and kill the two Black people he encountered.”
Victims remembered as heroes
Rollins said Cooper was shot three times in the back while Green was shot four times in the head and three times in the torso.
Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason issued a statement about Green
, praising his 36-year career in law enforcement and saying his fellow Troopers described him as a
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Green became a Metropolitan District Commission Police Officer in 1980 and became a Massachusetts State Trooper 12 years later when the MDC Police were merged into the MSP, according to WBZ.
“Trooper David Green more than upheld the ideals of integrity, professionalism, and service to others that are the hallmarks of a great Trooper. We are heartbroken by his loss and offer our condolences to his family and friends,” Mason said.
Ramona’s son, Gary Cooper, described his mother to WBZ as a good person and “the type of person to help anyone out.”
“You know we’re in 2021. We shouldn’t be hating on other people based on the color of their skin but I guess we are not there yet,” Cooper said.
“I got sick to my stomach when I found out it was racially motivated.”
Boston Police, Chelsea Police, Revere Police, MBTA Transit Police and the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council assisted with the investigation in Winthrop.