Here’s What We Know About The Chapel Hill Shooter

What we know so far about the alleged Chapel Hill shooter, Craig Stephen Hicks, after three Muslim students were gunned down.

Craig Stephen Hicks

Three people, reportedly Muslim students, were shot to death on Tuesday night near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad and 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.


The gunman has turned himself in to police, according to News He has been identified as Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, and is currently being held in the Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder.

While updates on the incident are still coming in, here’s what we know about the alleged shooter so far:

A Facebook page believed to be Hicks’ showed that he studied the paralegal program at Durham Technical Community College and described himself as a supporter of "Atheists for Equality."




He is apparently a gun enthusiast and opposed the possible labeling of Glock pistols as “assault weapons” in the wake of the 2011 Tucson shooting. He wrote the following statement on his purported Facebook account:

“I guess after the horrible tragedy early this week in Arizona, all Glock pistols will officially be labeled ‘assault weapons.’ While I never cared for Glocks personally, it stinks that anyone would blame a firearm rather than the operator of such firearm for such a terrible act.”



Freelance writer Omar Ghabra also discovered the alleged shooter’s racist take on Ferguson, Missouri, riots on the Internet:

Ghabra also dug up Hicks’ Amazon wish list, which included a gun concealment holster:

As of yet, there's no confirmed motive for the shooting deaths. 

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