A man shot and killed 2 Black people – including an Air Force veteran – near Boston on the weekend. Authorities are treating it as a hate crime.

An aerial view of the crashed truck the suspect was driving before the shooting.
An aerial view of the crashed truck the suspect was driving before the shooting. NBC Boston
  • A gunman killed two Black people near Boston on Saturday.
  • Authorities said the suspect, who was later killed, had made “anti-Semitic and racist statements.”
  • The man left non-Black people unharmed in his attack, the district attorney said.
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Authorities have opened a hate crime investigation after a gunman shot and killed two Black people in Winthrop, Massachusetts, on Saturday.

The man crashed a stolen plumbing truck into a building and then fatally shot a Black man and a Black woman, NBC Boston reported. The gunman was later killed by the police, officials said.

In a Sunday news conference, the police identified the victims as 53-year-old retired police officer David Green and 60-year-old Air Force veteran Ramona Cooper.

Rachael Rollins, the district attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, said that the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Nathan Rollins, had previously made “anti-Semitic and racist statements against Black individuals,” The New York Times reported.

She also said the suspect left non-Black people unharmed, suggesting this was a targeted attack.

The gunman “walked by several other people that were not Black and they are alive. They were not harmed,” she said, according to NBC Boston.

Rollins said of the victims: “This is a sad day. These two people protected our rights. They fought for us to be safe,” The Times reported.