Omar Thornton, the African-American who killed eight white people and wounded two others in Manchester, CT, is a multiple killer, not a serial one, there's a difference:
August 3, 2010 5:16 PM
Omar Thornton: "I Killed the Five Racists"
Posted by Kevin Hayes
MANCHESTER, Conn. (CBS/WFSB/AP) Family members say Omar Thornton, the man suspected in the Tuesday morning massacre at Hartford Distributors, was a quiet, hard-working man who wasn't a violent person, but was pushed to the breaking point by harassment at work.
Thornton's mother, who lives in East Hartford, said she received a phone call from him shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday.
According to CBS affiliate WFSB, she says he told her he had shot several people at the beer distribution plant where he worked, and that he planned to take his own life. She said she spent 10 minutes trying to talk to her son, pleading with him to change his mind, but she said she couldn't.
Minutes later, Thornton was dead.
"He said, 'I killed the five racists that was there bothering me,'" said Will Holliday, Thornton's uncle. "He said, 'That's it. The cops are going to come in so I'm going to take care of it myself.'"
Holliday said Thornton had been complaining to relatives that in the several years he worked at Hartford Distributors he was confronted with blatant racism.
Holliday said, "He had some instances of racism at the company. They were hanging nooses in the bathroom and writing stuff like that. They were singling him out because he was the only black person there in that area."
Thornton's family said he had taken pictures of the threats and said they believe he just snapped Tuesday morning.
You may remember that when a crazed, elderly Nazi shot up the Holocaust Museum, killing a guard, we heard a lot about his opinions, and people were blaming "hate groups" for inspiring the shooting. Who's going to get the blame this time? Eric Holder? The President? The NAACP?