Police in Gilbert, Arizona, have arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly killing his 41-year-old roommate. The incident occurred during some sort of an altercation, which ended with suspect Zachary Penton allegedly fatally shooting Daniel Garofalo.
Penton called 911 and confessed to killing his roommate, who was pronounced dead on the scene.
While the incident is extremely tragic as is, what makes it even more disturbing is the fact that Penton had apparently been broadcasting his homicidal thoughts and obsession with guns on Twitter for all to read.
Just two days before he murdered Garofalo, Penton wrote this:
I need to move out of my place before I viciously murder my roommates— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) August 20, 2016
Penton’s social media account, which the authorities have not verified yet, appears to reveal a lot about his love for violence and weapons.
He also appeared very appreciative of the fact that getting a gun in America is extremely easy.
If it says no guns allowed on the front door I ain't going in.— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) July 14, 2016
Some pedestrian in Tempe straight up looked like he was gonna jump me at a red light on my bike. I need a gun.— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) February 23, 2016
He also asked his followers if they would like to “go shooting” and retweeted several pro-gun tweets.
Anyone wanna shoot todayyyyy— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) August 12, 2016
I need 2 boxes of 9mm stat.— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) August 16, 2016
Anyone wanna shoot a bit today?????????— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) June 9, 2016
In fact, he had been tweeting about guns for quite some time.
Get me a gun— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) December 21, 2012
I wish I had a gun. I'd feel safer.— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) February 16, 2013
Time to buy a gun— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) February 19, 2014
I wanna go shooting maaan.... I need to go buy a gun.— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) March 2, 2013
Two months ago, he also posted this:
Holy shit buying a gun is so easy— Zac? (@Zac_Penton) June 3, 2016
It is unclear if this is the same weapon allegedly used to kill the roommate.
Penton’s social media posts have prompted many to comment on how the authorities would have handled the situation if he wasn’t white.
They were also quick to point out how police usually deal with white suspects.
My roommate & I went through @Zac_Penton Twitter & all he talks about is guns & killing people, lmfao how did no one see this coming??— chantel sasani (@chantelsasani) August 23, 2016
@Zac_Penton tell the police you tried to shoot the bee you'll get let off with it bruh— RTB (@ROUNDTHEBEND__) August 22, 2016
According to court documents obtained by the Arizona Republic, Penton told police that Garofalo, who owned the house, had been exhibiting bizarre behavior during the days leading up to the fight.
“Zachary said the homeowner had been acting irrational, and spoke about black holes and alternate universes which scared Zachary,” the police reportedly wrote in a probable cause statement. “Zachary said he was scared and that was why he shot the homeowner. When asked if he would change anything, Zachary said he would not and was OK with the outcome since he was not hurt.”
Penton is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder.