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The alleged gunman who shot and killed a beloved California store owner over a Pride flag she had flown outside her boutique had a history of posting anti-LGBTQ comments on social media and far-right sites. Authorities identified the suspect Monday as Travis Ikeguchi, 27, who was killed by officers in an exchange of fire after he fatally shot Laura “Lauri” Carleton outside her Mag.Pi clothing store in Cedar. Glen.
Ikeguchi tore up in town a rainbow Pride flag that Carleton, 66, displayed outside her business on Friday. When Carleton confronted him, he yelled “a lot of homophobic slurs” and then shot her, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said during a news conference Monday. Carleton, a regular in the community and mother of nine children, died at the scene as Ikeguchi fled.
Deputies caught up with him about a mile from the store and opened fire, destroying several patrol cars, San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus told reporters. The officers returned fire, killing Ikeguchi. No deputy was injured. Ikeguchi, who was reported missing by his family a day before the hate-fueled shooting, frequently posted anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion comments on X, formerly known as Twitter, and on the far-right platform Gab.
In a hateful and foreboding post in June, he wrote: “What to do with the [Pride] flag?” above a photo of a burning rainbow flag in X. He Pinned the post to his profile, which Dicus confirmed as his own. He also shared an illustration of a burning Pride flag on his now-defunct Gab page under the guise of Christianity and made statements against the government and the police.
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“We need to STOP ENGAGEMENT with this LGBT dictatorship… True followers of Christ SHOULD NOT and NEVER TOLERATE this stupid indoctrination of the LGBT agenda into marriage or our own businesses,” she captioned the illustration. “…Who has the courage to post this and not feel ashamed about it!?”
Ikeguchi often shared and retweeted Bible verses while he wrote his disgusting posts. Discus said authorities did not know Ikeguchi before Friday’s shooting. The alleged killer used a semi-automatic pistol that was not registered to him and did not have a concealed-weapon license, the sheriff said. The investigation into the shooting, about which multiple witnesses called 911, is ongoing.
Carleton, known to her friends as Lauri, is survived by her husband and her nine children in what she described as a “blended” family. She did not identify as a member of the LGBTQ community, but was an unwavering advocate, according to the Lake Arrowhead LGBTQ organization. Carleton was remembered in a flurry of tributes from names big and small, from far and wide.
Friends, family and fans turned the outside of her shop into a makeshift memorial with bouquets and Pride flags, while a single bullet hole could be seen through the glass door. “Thank you for standing up for what is right,” wrote one person in a note left among the roses and sunflowers. “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig called Carleton a friend.
“She was a wonderful person who did so much for the LGBTQ+ community and the community in general,” he wrote on X. “What she happened to her is an absolute tragedy. If people don’t think anti-gay and trans rhetoric isn’t dangerous, think again.” The murder follows a rise in anti-LGBTQ attacks and hateful rhetoric across the country and locally.
Advocacy group Equality California said that over the past year it has documented “a sharp increase in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric voiced by far-right extremists and hate groups, rhetoric that has resulted in physical intimidation, harassment and acts of violence.”
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