Late Thursday evening (Oregon time), CNN aired an interview with the father and brother of Anastasia Boylan, who was shot in yesterday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Anastasia's father relayed what his daughter told him as she was being rushed in to spinal surgery. She described events in the classroom where the shooting occurred, and corroborated previous eyewitness accounts that the shooter was targeting Christians.
"'Are you a Christian?' he would ask them. And 'if you're a Christian, stand up.' And they would stand up. And he said, 'good, because you're a Christian, you're going to see God in just about one second.' And then shot and killed them."
Anastasia Boylan is now in recovery and doing well, reports CNN.
Three separate witness accounts, all with the same story. Though it is almost impossible to discern what reason the murderer had for singling out Christians from the accounts so far, it is hard to imagine that there is nothing to the story. Nevertheless, since yesterday many on social media have been quick to suggest exactly that. So many doubted Bodhi's account, in fact, that she became fed up with it altogether.
I am posting nothing for attention. I wanted people to know my grandmas story. If you don't believe me, fine. But leave me alone about it.— Bodhi (@BodhiLooney) October 2, 2015
If she had instead told a story about the shooter wearing an NRA shirt, no doubt there would be a great deal less skepticism directed at her.
Ana Boylan's father wanted to know why the shooter had so much time. Why he was able to take his time asking questions, loading his weapon, and systematically singling people out. The implication seems to be that if someone were able to intervene more people would be alive. Perhaps even the proverbial "good guy with a gun." We will soon see how many networks interview Boylan's father if makes that heretical suggestion.