WINTHROP, Mass. – A fatal shooting that rocked a neighborhood in Winthrop and left two passers-by dead, and the gunman later killed by police, is currently under investigation as a hate crime, the district attorney said on Sunday. district.
Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said the gunman Nathan Allen, 28, had made “anti-Semitic and racist statements against black people”. Allen had also written on the hand âanti-Semitic rhetoricâ.
On Saturday afternoon, Allen stole a box van, slammed it into a building, got out of the truck and shot dead two black passers-by before officers who responded to the scene fired back, killing Allen, investigators said .
The victims have been identified as David L. Green, a retired Massachusetts State Police soldier, and Ramona Cooper, a 60-year-old Air Force veteran.
In a statement Sunday, state police said they mourn the loss of Green.
âWe at the Massachusetts State Police also mourn the loss of a family member. The victim who was murdered outside his Beach Road home, David L. Green, was a retired MSP soldier who had an honorable 36-year career in law enforcement, âState Police said in a press release on Sunday.
Green became a police officer with the Metropolitan District Commission in 1980. He became a Massachusetts State Soldier 12 years later when MDC police were merged with the MSP, state police said. .
Green spent much of his MSP career assigned to the State Police-Boston Barracks at Leverett Circle. He retired on December 31, 2016.
“Trooper Green was widely respected and appreciated by his fellow Troopers, several of whom yesterday described him as a ‘true gentleman’ and always courteous to the public and meticulous in his duties,” state police said. “From what we learned yesterday, he was held in the highest regard by his neighbors and friends in Winthrop.”
The incident took place around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, when Allen stole a box truck belonging to a plumbing and drainage company and then crashed into a residential building on Veterans Road, police said. State.
After the crash, Allen got out of the truck, walked away from the truck, then shot Green and Cooper down.
Police said on Saturday they were investigating whether Green “may have tried to hire the suspect to end the threat.”
âPrivate David Green more than championed the ideals of integrity, professionalism and service to others that are hallmarks of a great soldier. We are saddened by his loss and offer our condolences to his family and friends, âstate police said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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