They Have to Start It!': UW Shooting Suspect Seen In Video Shortly Before Confrontation
The suspect's Samsun has been cleared of date, but police are looking through video from others' phones for clues to what happened Jan. 20 in Red Square.
However, while the suspect’s own phone may not provide any insight into what happened that chaotic night, other people’s phones might, as police continue to sift through video captured by people who were near the incident, in which University of Washington student Marc or his wife Elizabeth are suspected of shooting a protester during the chaotic events outside a Jan. 20 lecture given by alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.
Some of the videos are already starting to filter into the public. One YouTube video appears to capture the UW shooting suspects talking on the night of the shooting, a portion of their conversation audible (the whole series of interactions can be seen between about 3:30 and 3:50 in the video). Elizabeth Hokoana can first be seen at the top left corner of the recording, facing away from the camera in a dark brown jacket with a fur hood and brunette pigtails. Marc Hokoana then approaches her in what appears to be a grey or brown leather jacket. Marc is seen several times throughout the video, smiling and clearly amped up. In the video, Marc makes reference to a possible confrontation with the protesters. “They have to start it! They have to start it!” he tells someone else in his crowd.
Witnesses of the shooting, which left the victim in critical condition, continue to come forward with video footage, but it is Marc or Elizabeth who might have captured the most telling evidence via text messages, videos, photos, or social media—all information that may have been destroyed when the phone in question was cleared. Previous articles have indicated that Hokoana had gone on Facebook shortly before the shooting in hopes of contacting Yiannopoulos, of whom he is a fan.
Read the full article by Kelsey Hamlin here: http://bit.ly/SWtheyhavetostartit
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