Trollhättan, Sweden — A 21-year-old white man was identified as the suspect in the killings of two people–one was a 15-year-old male student, and the other was a 20-year-old male teaching assistant. The assailant bludgeoned the victims to death with a sword. Two other people were also victims, and are currently hospitalized in critical condition.
Although Trollhättan’s law enforcement officials have refused to disclose the name of the attacker–who was shot dead by police on the scene of the crimes–various media outlets in that area have identified him as Anton Lundin Pettersson.
Pettersson was described as wearing all black at the time of the incident, which clearly was a Darth Vader (Star Wars villain) costume from the looks of the featured photo of this story. He was said to have been extremely anti-social, loved heavy metal music and hated rap music. He also displayed a disturbing obsession with Nazi Germany, which prompted him to like and share videos of the notoriously racist regime on his Facebook and YouTube accounts.
The town of Trollhättan has a substantial immigrant population, with many of them coming from the African nation of Somalia. Pettersson had recently registered for an anti-immigration movement in Sweden. It has also been reported that Pettersson had the full intent to target “dark-skinned people” during his attack.
Here is a video covering the story.
The school killings in Sweden come off the heels of a week that has witnessed many white supremacists venting their frustrations online about the casting of Black characters in the new Star Wars film…which could have been shared frustration by Pettersson, who opted to wear the Darth Vader mask during while committing the murders.