SYDNEY (AP) — The attack on a Texas Walmart that left 22 people dead bore all the classic hallmarks of America's cycle of mass shootings. A lone shooter. Multiple casualties. A white male accused of the crime.
But it also revealed a pattern of emerging white supremacy, and apparent inspiration by the New Zealand mosque attacks earlier this year.
The El Paso massacre is the latest attack in which the gunman appears to have praised the March shootings in Christchurch. That's the city where an Australian white supremacist is charged with killing 51 worshippers at two mosques.
Christchurch seems to be gaining ground as a political symbol, as the racist views espoused by the man charged with the killings resonate with white supremacists half a world away.