“He had a lot of anger about the police in the past,” his aunt, Edith Brown, reportedly told the station. “He said he would never go back to prison again… he would fight it out with them.” It’s not yet clear why he was in Richmond.
Investigators are piecing together what sparked the shooting, Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty said, adding that the troopers were practicing interdiction.
“We’ve got a lot of evidence to sift through,” Flaherty said.
James Brown III previously faced a slew of charges including murder and domestic battery, WTVR reports, adding that it’s not clear whether any charges led to convictions.
“He pretty much thought he wanted to be infamous… in terms of having a showdown. He always praised those people who got into shootouts with police,” his aunt told the news station.
Two women inside the terminal were wounded by gunshots but expected to survive, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
Even after police subdued the shooter, and as EMS workers aided him, he continued to be combative, police said. He died later at VCU Medical Center. His gun was recovered, police said.
Now, we can’t say for certain at this point what the killer’s motive was, but we sure have some pretty darn good clues, given his history and reported hate of cops. And unless Mr. Brown had been living in a total media blackout, no doubt his hate of cops had received some extra reinforcements in recent years, courtesy of the Black Lives Matter movement, and condoned by none other than our own Divider in Chief, President Obama. Yes, he has condoned this by what he chooses to condemn and/or support and what he ignores, as well as his open support of the movement that continues to terrorize cops.