A 22-year-old Virginia man stole a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint the day before he shot dead a Virginia Tech police officer and then took his own life, police said Friday.
Virginia State Police on Friday identified Ross Truett Ashley, 22, as the man who killed Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek Crouse and then himself about 30 minutes later.
A part-time student at Radford University, 15 miles southwest of Blacksburg, Ashley had no connection to or contact with Crouse before Thursday's shooting, according to a news release from state police.
"State police investigators are continuing their work to establish a motive in the killing and to re-create Ashley's movements in the days and hours leading up to the murder-suicide," police said.
If Ross Ashley here were a young Arab Muslim, we would be hearing once again the barely coherent screams of the wingnuts demanding profiling, pre-emptive action, and internment. But since he's white, it'll just be "a lone gunman" and he'll be forgotten. It will be "an unfortunate meaningless tragedy" rather than proof that "all Muslims are evil".
Funny how that works, but there you have it. So again, I ask the usual suspects on the right: when does the profiling begin?