“I seek refuge in the one God from the evils of Satan, and I begin in the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful…Wake up people. America is a failed state. It’s about to get so real.”
And it has, at least for Joshua Cummings. But “Tuesday night’s shooting baffled investigators.” Because, you know, it’s a religion of peace that rejects all forms of violence, and no Muslim entities anywhere have called for the deaths of Americans, right?
And if he was kicked out of his mosque in Texas, did they report him to authorities? Why not?
“Suspect in downtown shooting was kicked out of Texas mosque,” by Kevin Vaughan and Allison Sylte, KUSA, February 1, 2017 (thanks to V.):
A man suspected of shooting and killing an armed RTD transit security officer late Tuesday night was a former serviceman who was kicked out of a mosque in Texas, 9Wants to Know has learned.
The man, identified by Denver police as 37-year-old Joshua Cummings, had Islamic writings in his possession when he was arrested, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation.
Cummings was being held without bail on suspicion of first-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.
In social media postings, Cummings identified himself as a jiu-jitsu instructor. He was active on Twitter in 2016.
“I seek refuge in the one God from the evils of Satan, and I begin in the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the …” he wrote in June 25, 2016.
“Wake up people. America is a failed state. It’s about to get so real. …” he posted on June 26, 2016.
And in a July 2, 2016, tweet, he called for a “former cop” in Arizona to be “put to death for treason”
Each of the posts had a link to a Facebook page that has been taken down, so it is not clear what the tweets referred to.
Tuesday night’s shooting baffled investigators.
The Denver medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Scott Von Lanken, 56, of Loveland.
Von Lanken was a contract worker for RTD from Allied Universal. According to Denver police, he was 56 years old and had a family.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by 9NEWS, two women approached Von Lanken just after 11 p.m. Tuesday to ask him whether they might be able to catch a light rail train. Just then, one of the women told police “she observed the suspect approach the victim from behind a place a gun near his neck.” The woman said “she heard the suspect say something to the effect of, ‘Do what you are told.’”
A moment later, the gunman fired, then ran off as the mortally wounded security officer crumpled to the ground.
Responding officers were searching the area when a security officer at a building at 1400 Wewatta St. told them there was surveillance video of the suspect leaving the area. After watching the video, the officers continued their search, locating the man about 11:50 p.m. on a patio of a complex at 1628 14th St….