Chapel Hill Shooting: Social Media Provides a Glimpse of Alleged Killer
Craig Stephen Hicks is accused of killing three people near the UNC campus.
By GILLIAN MOHNEY
February 13, 2015, 6:35 PM
• 6 min read
-- The man accused of shooting and killing three people near the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill was studying to be a paralegal and had multiple run-ins with neighbors over parking, according to various media reports.
Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly shooting newly married couple Deah Barakat and Yusor Mohammad and Mohammad’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. All three were Muslim.
Police have said that the preliminary investigation suggests the killings stemmed from a dispute over parking, but the victims’ families and others have called for the crime to be investigated as a hate crime, which police say is part of their probe.
In a news conference his week, Hick's wife Karen Hicks said she did not think the crime was motivated by any bias against the victim’s backgrounds or beliefs.
Little is known about the alleged shooter, but his social media activity may help to fill in some of the blanks.
Craig Stephen Hicks identified himself on Facebook as an atheist and ridiculed different religions, including Christianity and Islam. He also put up a post in which he appeared to identify as an ally of the LGBTQ community.
He also posted a picture last month appearing to show his loaded hand gun. Hicks had a concealed weapons permit, according to the Associated Press.