Gunman In Mosque Attack Was Inspired By El Paso Massacre: Report
The suspected gunman in an attack on a mosque in Norway over the weekend was inspired by the two recent mass shooting in the U.S. and the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand, The Guardian reports.
Philip Manshaus, 21, stormed a mosque in Baerum, a town near Oslo, on Saturday. He was restrained by worshippers and no one was killed.
Police are investigating the shooting as a potential terror attack, per the Guardian.
In a post on the day of the shooting, Manhaus praised Patrick Crusius, who has been charged with last week’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, which left 22 dead, is praised for “fighting to reclaim his country,” according to the Guardian.
In another post, Manshaus allegedly described himself as “chosen” by “Saint [Brenton] Tarrant”, the gunman who killed 51 people at mosques in New Zealand earlier this year.
“My time is up, I was chosen by Saint Tarrant after all … We can’t let this continue, you gotta bump the race war threat in real life … it’s been fun,” the post reads, according to The Guardian.
The posts were both reportedly made on a new messaging board called Endchan, which describes itself as “an anonymous image-board that promotes ideas over identity,” and an older board called 4chan.
Crusius posted an anti-Hispanic manifesto on 8chan, an online board which has since been dropped by multiple web services.