SICK: 4Chan Having Fun with Las Vegas Massacre
As news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas broke on Monday morning, the 4Chan message boards lit up ... with congratulations to a white shooter for breaking Omar Mateen's "high score."
"Beaten by one kill, looks like the white man is king of mass shootings again," one anonymous 4Chan commenter posted. "Stephen Paddock is the new king."
Police identified the Las Vegas shooter — who has killed at least 58 people — as Stephen Paddock.
One particularly nasty racist post mocked Asians for being defeated by "the white race." This anonymous user declared, "The real news here is that the high score is back in the hands of the white race. Get f**ked Asians, Cho was never going to hold it."
This was a reference to Seung-Hui Cho, a mass murderer who killed 32 people and wounded 17 others at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., on April 16, 2007. His "record," however, had already been beaten by Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people and wounded 58 others at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, 2016. Mateen had been investigated for connections to terrorism by the FBI, and he identified himself as a soldier of the Islamic State (ISIS) in a phone call before the shooting.
ISIS has also claimed responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting, but that claim has not yet been confirmed.
Many racist celebrations emerged on 4Chan. "I TOLD THESE BOZOS IT WASN'T ISIS LAST NIGHT AND THEY SPERGED OUT. NOW THAT IT'S A WHITE GUY THEY'RE HAPPY THAT THE US RECORD HIGH SCORE IS BACK IN THE HANDS OF THE WHITE RACE," another anonymous user commented.
"White man back on number 1," another user posted. To this, one user responded, "It was inevitable," while another countered, "but Breveik was already on number 1."
This user was referring to Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian far-right terrorist who killed eight people with a van bomb on July 22, 2011, in Oslo, and then shot dead 69 participants of a Workers' Youth League (AUF) summer camp. Breivik opposed Islam and "cultural Marxism," has identified as a "national socialist," and said his religion was "Odinism." He remains in prison, where he has been sentenced to between 10 and 21 years, the maximum sentence in Norway.
Another 4Chan user asked whether Breivik's "record" might be beaten by Paddock's rampage.
"His record has stood for nearly six years," the user posted with a picture of Breivik. "With 58 dead and counting, can a challenger appear?"