Vegas that left five people dead — two police officers, a bystander,
and the suspects themselves. Militant white supremacy and
anti-government views are a factor, officials said.
Vegas shooting rampage suspects, portraying them as militant white
supremacists who harbored anti-government theologies.
Clark County Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill identified Jerad and
Amanda Miller as the two suspects, who reportedly killed themselves
after shooting two police officers and a civilian.
Details of the shootings on Sunday remain cloudy. However, police
accounts suggest that the couple ambushed the two officers while they
were eating lunch at a Las Vegas pizzeria, stole their weapons, then
fled to a nearby Wal-Mart, where they shot a bystander. The entire
incident lasted a matter of minutes before Ms. Miller reportedly shot
her husband and then turned the gun on herself.
Mr. McMahill said at a news briefing that the suspects placed some
unusual items on the officers’ bodies: a yellow Revolutionary War-era
banner bearing a coiled snake and the phrase “Don’t tread on me,” a
swastika, and a note declaring revolution.
“We believe that they equate government and law enforcement with
fascism, with Nazis,” McMahill said, according to CNN. “In other
words, they believe law enforcement is the oppressor.”
According to the Millers’ neighbors, the couple had previously bragged
about their cache of weapons and said they were biding their time
until the right moment to launch an attack on police officers, the Las
Vegas Review-Journal reports.
“They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about
doing the next Columbine,” neighbor Brandon Moore told the Las Vegas
Ms. Miller reportedly “liked” several videos espousing the killing of
police officers, including “Shooting Cops,” “Citizens Can Shoot
Police,” and “When Is It Okay To Shoot a Cop,” Mother Jones reports.
In the weeks leading up to the attack, the couple posted a series of
chilling comments on their respective Facebook pages, according to
extremism expert Mark Potok, who pens the Southern Poverty Law
Center’s “Hatewatch” blog.
In the days and weeks before the attack, Miller posted a series of
comments on his Facebook page indicating that, in order to restore
“freedom” to the United States, the “best men” would strike for “a
free and just world with our blood, sweat and tears as pavement,” he
said on June 2. “There is no greater cause to die for than liberty,”
he wrote on May 2. “I will willingly die for liberty.” On March 25, he
wrote: “I stand firm in my convictions and stand prepared to die for
them… Come for me, free me from your slavery. Give me the death a
Amanda Miller, who married Jerad on Sept. 22, 2012, didn’t sound very
different on her own Facebook page on May 23. “[T]o the people of the
world… your [sic] lucky i can’t kill you now but remember one day
one day i will get you because one day all hell will break lose [sic]
and i’ll be standing in the middle of it with a shot gun in one hand
and a pistol in the other.”
Police are looking into reports that the Millers had joined the
anti-government militia that amassed on rancher Cliven Bundy’s property
in Nevada in April during a dispute with the federal government over
grazing rights. Mr. Bundy has publicly stated that he does not
recognize the authority of the federal government and refused to pay.
Since the shootings, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reached out to
Bundy’s wife, Carol, who said she had no reason to believe that the
militia members who had flocked to the family’s aid “had any intent to
kill or harm anyone.”