Ethan Miller has been identified as an active shooter who killed two people at a Safeway grocery store in Bend, Oregon, after first plotting a school shooting in a macabre manifesto that read, “I’m evil, plain and simple.” would have.
Bend Police Department spokeswoman Sheila Miller identified the shooter as Ethan Blair Miller and the two victims as Glenn Edward Bennet, a shopper, and Donald Ray Surrett Jr., an employee who attempted to disarm the shooter.
Officials responded to the deal in The Forum mall area on Sunday evening, August 28, 2022. according to the police.
“I’m a bloodthirsty evil psychopath,” he wrote in a journal entry on Wattpad, which was reviewed and saved by Heavy before being deleted. The site is dubbed the “Ethan Miller Downward Spiral.” The shooter also posted pictures of himself with guns to Instagram.
“Well, that’s it,” read another post. “Today is the day I die.”
Miller wrote that he intended to be a school gunner and was influenced by Columbine, but he couldn’t wait any longer and that’s how he ended up in the Safeway.
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A page on Wattpad reads like a final journal or manifesto. It was removed but Heavy saved screenshots. In it, Miller ranted about the government’s COVID-19 “hysteria,” blaming isolation and loneliness for the mass shooting.
Another post read: “My humanity is gone. I have no emotions at all.”
In another post, he claimed he’s not white supremacist or incel, but hates “everything.” He added, “I’m at peace with the monster I’ve become.”
Miller, who posted photos with guns to social media, brought an AR-15 to the Safeway store. On Saturday, August 27, 2022, Miller wrote in a journal entry that he was “done waiting.”
“I CAN NOT WAIT ANYMORE. The anger has become uncontrollable,” the diary entry reads.
He also left a YouTube channel with several videos, some showing firearms.
In another post, Miller stated that he planned to be a school gunner and was influenced by Columbine.
At a news conference late Sunday, Bend Police Chief Mike Krantz said: “About 7:04 p.m. we received a call for service at the Forum mall. Multiple 911 calls came in. When police responded, we had reports of at least one or two active shooters in the area. The calls were shots fired. We believe the shooter entered from a residential area behind the Forum shopping mall. The shooter moved across the car park from the Costco in the West End and fired an AR-15 style rifle.”
Krantz said the shooter then proceeded into Safeway’s west entrance. The chief said: “They attacked a person there and shot that person. This person was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead. The shooter continued the Safeway firing rounds. The shooter killed a second person in the safeway. Officers responded and when they arrived they immediately entered the safeway and still heard gunfire. They found the suspected shooter dead in Safeway.”
Krantz said the rifle and a shotgun were found near the shooter. He said officers did not fire any shots. The boss added the suspect was a man but did not identify him or the victims.
Social media users claimed that Miller once worked at the Safeway, but authorities have not confirmed this.
Miller ranted about the Mountain View school and left journal entries suggesting he was considering an attack there instead.
“No good memories of this school or the staff at it,” he wrote a week before the Safeway shootings.