After the suspect was taken into custody and treated for a gunshot wound in the abdomen, he reportedly asked for an ISIS flag to be hung in his hospital room, telling authorities that he "felt good about what he had done." Saipov also had 90 videos and 3,800 images on his cell phone featuring ISIS propaganda at the time of the attack.
If this sounds like unusual behavior, it's because it is unusual behavior. Most people don't feel an attraction to terrorists groups. Most people wish this would end. And yet, how quickly and easily fingers get pointed at whole Muslim communities over the actions of an extreme outlier.
If a Muslim person doesn't step up to condemn their own community, then there's plenty of others on the outside waiting to hurl rocks.
San Antonio's very own Muslim Children Education and Civic Center (MCECC) chose to condemn this attack — but unlike the Dana Loesch's of the world who waste no time politicizing a tragedy — MCECC offered words of encouragement and healing.
Maybe we should focus on those who were brutally murdered than a backlash you hope manifests. https://t.co/1f9W3cWyrz— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 1, 2017
"In these troubled times we ask all people of good conscious to pray for the victims, pray for the full recover of the injured of this senseless massacre, and pray for the healing of our national political atmosphere that continues to promote an 'us versus them' mentality. Violence is never the answer."
Read the full statement here.
Saipov moved to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010, working as a truck driver and most recently for Uber. He is currently charged with providing material support to ISIS, violence and destruction of motor vehicles.