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Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer Hated Religion Online

Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer Hated Religion Online

 The 26-year-old gunman showed a disdain for organized religion online, then allegedly asked victims about their faith before shooting them.

The 26-year-old gunman showed a disdain for organized religion online, then allegedly asked victims about their faith before shooting them.

By Katie Zavadski and M.L. Nestel for The Daily Beast

Police have identified the gunman who killed 10 people at an Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday as Chris Harper-Mercer.

A MySpace account belonging to Christopher Harper-Mercer is registered to Torrance, California. Harper-Mercer and his mother previously lived in Torrance before moving to an apartment in Winchester, Oregon, where neighbors tell The Daily Beast there is a heavy police presence.

An online dating profile, linked to Harper-Mercer's e-mail address and featuring another photo of him, says the 26-year-old was living with his parents and searching for the "yin to my yang." It identifies his views as "conservative, republican," and lists "organized religion" as one of his "dislikes."

According to a student at Umpqua, Mercerdemanded to know his victims' religions before killing them.

The MySpace page features a photo of Harper-Mercer holding a gun and smiling into the camera. The profile includes images of pro-Irish Republican Army propaganda.

Lithium_Love was another online identity linked to Harper-Mercer's e-mail address. Under this username, he posted on torrent upload sites, sometimes asking people to donate to his e-mail address to support the file-sharing work.

In a blog linked to that identity, Harper-Mercer expressed admiration for Roanoke shooter Vester Flanagan.

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