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    Jamie Schmidt (53) Shot Dead & Several Others Sexually Assaulted At Catholic Supply Store

    Uggh. Some reports say he ordered every woman in the store to strip naked, assaulted some of them, then shot one of the victims before he left.

    If those accounts are accurate, then regardless of his motives he's acting like some early stage version of Richard Speck or Bundy. I hope they get this him fast because I don't want to see what he does when he escalates



    https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/...346c47dc0.html


    Gunman on the loose after fatal shooting, sexual assault at Catholic Supply store in St. Louis County

    UPDATED at 7:42 p.m. with death of victim.

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY ? A gunman fatally shot a woman and sexually assaulted at least one person at a Catholic Supply store in a strip mall on Manchester Road on Monday afternoon before disappearing, police said.

    The 53-year-old shooting victim later died, police said Monday night.


    A manhunt was still underway several hours after the shooting, reported at 3:19 p.m.

    A police spokesman said at a news conference about 5 p.m. that investigators had ?no idea? of a motive and that the man did not appear to know the victims. St. Louis County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire encouraged anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious to call 911 immediately.


    ?We have a loose, armed gunman out there who?s already shot one person,? McGuire said.

    He said the woman was critically injured in the shooting and taken to a hospital. In a later briefing, McGuire said that she had died.

    He released no other information about her, including whether she worked at the store.

    Witnesses described the attacker to police as a white man, about 5 feet 7 inches with a heavy build and age 40 to 50. He was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans with a large belt. He was wearing a black or gray hat. Police were searching the area for the gunman.

    Police urged anyone with information about the man or the shooting to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

    ?We need people to send us information,? McGuire said. ?You?re not wasting our time.?

    He emphasized the brazenness of the shooting. ?I think everyone needs to be aware this happened at 3:30 in the afternoon on one of the busiest roads in St. Louis County,? he said.

    McGuire said police had been called by someone in the store. Asked whether the crime had been caught on security video, he said there was none to release.

    Police shut down most of the shopping plaza, in an unincorporated area of West County near Queeny Park, on the north side of Manchester Road between Interstate 270 and Highway 141. McGuire said officers searched the area and weren?t sure if the man left on foot or in a vehicle.

    Police asked people to avoid the area as they investigated.

    ?Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific tragedy at Catholic Supply,? Archbishop Robert Carlson said in a statement, adding that prayers were being said for the victims and urging the community to help find the culprit.


    When the death of the shooting victim was announced, the archdiocese tweeted: ?Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.?

    Dan Stutte, Catholic Supply?s president, said in a statement Monday night: ?We are shocked and saddened by the events that occurred at our West County location Monday afternoon. This was a senseless tragedy. Please join us as we pray for the victims and their families.?

    Officers were first brought to the scene by a 911 caller who reported that the shooter went inside the store and ordered women inside to strip at gunpoint, and sexually assaulted several of them before shooting one of them in the head. McGuire said at least one sexual assault had occurred inside the store, but did not know how many victims there had been.


    Shala Malik, 32, was helping a customer at her family store, Salam Market, in the same shopping center shortly before she saw two police cars pull up to the store next door.


    Within minutes, more police and an ambulance arrived.

    ?All I could see were flashing lights,? Malik said.

    She caught a glimpse of paramedics carrying a woman out of the store on a stretcher, she said. Officers told her that a man had shot the woman inside. She wondered if the shooter was trying to rob the store.

    ?It was very shocking for us,? Malik said. ?I?m surprised I didn?t hear any shouting or anything.?

    Malik was used to seeing three women who worked at the store but didn?t know their names, she said. They would sometimes buy food from Salam Market, and she would sometimes pick up mail that had accidentally been delivered to their store.

    Several family and friends were calling Malik to ask if she was OK, she said.?We are next door,? she said. ?I kept wondering, ?What if it was me?? ?It?s all so, so sad. I hope they find the guy who shot her.?

    The Catholic Supply store is one of three in the family-owned chain. The other two are on Highway K in O?Fallon, Mo., and on Chippewa Street in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood.

    ?Our Manchester location will be closed while the police investigation continues,? the company said in a Facebook post. ?Our other retail locations will be closed for business on Tuesday to give our staff time to be with their families. We will reopen on Wednesday with additional security at each of our locations through the holiday season.?

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    Nice sentence there FOX "journalist". She was mourned on social media, not killed on it ffs




    It sounds horrible to say, but I almost hope this poor woman's death was a targeted attack & the sexual assault component was a calculated attempt to make investigators think it was random - because the alternative is that every woman in the area is now at risk of similar attack


    Police are also refusing to confirm or deny the early reports that all women in the store were forced to strip at gunpoint & that more than one was sexually assaulted.


    https://fox2now.com/2018/11/20/outpo...-social-media/

    Outpouring of grief for the family of woman killed in Catholic supply store on social media
    POSTED 12:32 PM, NOVEMBER 20, 2018, BY JOE MILLITZER AND ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPDATED AT 01:25PM, NOVEMBER 20, 2018

    BALLWIN, Mo. - Authorities say the woman killed inside a religious supply store in suburban St. Louis was a customer. She has been identified the victim as Jamie Schmidt, 53, of House Springs. She had a husband and three children. There are hundreds of comments of people leaving condolences on social media. Her husband and mother's Facebook posts are moving:

    "Folks, I had my own Mother of Dragons but she was taken from us today. I still don't know how to feel yet. I do know one thing for sure. Hug your friends and family and tell them you love them every time you get the chance. I didn't get to say goodbye and that hurts pretty bad. She was my angel, my partner, my best friend and the love of my life. I'm sorry if you never got to hear her sing recently because it gave me chills. I probably won't be on Facebook much for awhile but know that I love you all in some way or another," writes husband Gregg Schmidt.

    Jaime's mother writes to the Cotacachi, Ecuador Facebook group that, "I don't know how to express my feelings at this moment. My daughter, Jamie Schmidt, was shot in the head and killed this afternoon while shopping in a Catholic Supply Store in Manchester, Missouri, near her home. She has a husband and 3 children. I'm shaking and in shock as I write this but please do all you can to encourage your families to leave the US. Unfortunately, none of my family shared my views on our country, now it is too late."

    An armed man entered the Catholic Supply of St. Louis store near the town of Ballwin Monday afternoon. Police say the man committed a sexual assault before shooting the victim in the head. Authorities decline to say if more than one woman was assaulted.

    Schmidt died later Monday at a hospital.

    The gunman remains on the loose and police warn he should be considered armed and dangerous. Police were asking for the public's help in finding the man, described as about 5-foot-7 with a heavy build. He was wearing what's commonly referred to as an Irish hat, or ivy hat.



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    They arrested the alleged shooter. Another radicalised white man


    https://heavy.com/news/2018/11/thoma...2Khxso16Cr1F3A

    Thomas Bruce: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    By Paul Farrell
    Updated Nov 21, 2018 at 8:06pm




    St. Louis County Jail
    Thomas Bruce in his mugshot from the St. Louis County Jail.

    Thomas Bruce has been identified as the man who police say shot a woman in the head after attempting to sexually assault her at a Catholic Supply store in St. Louis County, Missouri. The 53-year-old suspect also forced two other women to strip naked at gunpoint and he sexually assaulted them during the brazen midday attack at the religious merchandise store, according to police.


    The horror unfolded inside the store at 3:20 p.m. on November 19. The shooting victim, also 53, died later at a local hospital. Bruce fled from the scene before police arrived, authorities said.

    During a press conference on the evening of November 19, St. Louis County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire said investigators had ?no idea? of the motive for the crime. Sgt. McGuire urged anyone with any information regarding the incident to come forward with information. He added, ?We have a loose, armed gunman out there who?s already shot one person.?

    Bruce was arrested in Imperial, Missouri, on November 21. Bruce has been charged with 17 counts, including first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree sodomy, three counts of first-degree kidnapping, eight counts of armed criminal action, and one count each of first-degree burglary and tampering with evidence. He is being held at the St. Louis County Jail. He could potentially face the death penalty.



    1. Bruce Previously Worked at the Jewish Community Center of Greater St. Louis & Volunteered as a Pastor at a Missouri County Jail





    According to Bruce?s LinkedIn page, his most recent job was an agent with American Family Insurance. Speaking to KMOV, Bruce?s employer said he had not heard from the suspect in 12 days. Previously, between August 2013 and March 2014, Bruce worked as a customer services specialist with the Jewish Community Center of Greater St. Louis as well as being a manager at Schnucks store.


    Online documents show that Bruce filed for bankruptcy in January 2017. That filing lists Bruce as having a spouse, Diane. Records show that Bruce, who goes by Tom Bruce and Thomas Bruce Senior, also has a son.



    Bruce also says that he is a Navy veteran, serving between 1983 and 1994 in addition to being a pastor at Cape County Jail. In his Navy career, Bruce says he was an avionics technician. Under the duties heading, Bruce wrote, ?Too many to name.? Bruce also spent a year in morale welfare and recreation on the USS Kitty Hawk CV-63. KSDK?s Brandon Merano reports that Bruce is a lifetime member of the Arnold VFW. Bruce writes in the intro to his LinkedIn, ?World traveled leader with the ability to turn the extraordinary into the ordinary. US Navy Veteran wit ha great desire and passion to serve others needs.?




    In 2014, Bruce says that he graduated from Ranken Technical College with an associates degree in Applied Science. Bruce studied at the Calvary Chapel Bible College between 1992 and 2000. Bruces wrote about his time there saying, ?Loved it.?

    Police raided Bruce?s trailer home in Imperial, Missouri, early Wednesday morning. According to KMOV-TV, police swarmed the Geranium Drive residence about 5 a.m., with as many as 100 officers at the scene from several departments. Photos of the scene showed police searching the home as American and Gadsden ?Don?t Tread on Me? flags flapped in front of the house.

    <<snipped>>

    Bruce does not have a prior criminal record. Kathy Schroeder, Bruce?s neighbor, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she saw officers removing several boxes of evidence from the home. ?It sent a chill through everybody,? Schroeder told the newspaper. She said Bruce and his wife moved into the house earlier this year.

    2. On his Twitter Bio, Bruce Writes, ?Decorated Navy Vet & Trusty Shellback #MAGA?

    Bruce describes himself as a, ?Decorated Navy Vet & Trusty Shellback? on his Twitter bio. That line is accompanied with the hashtags, ?MAGA? and ?Dontreadonme.?

    <<snipped>>

    Bruce regularly retweets politically conservative pundits including Laura Ingraham, Candace Owens and Charles Payne. Bruce?s last visible tweet was to a woman who tweeted a list of Republicans who are up for reelection in 2000. The message read, ?We will not forget you.? Bruce responded, ?I?ve already forgotten you. #promisesmade #promiseskept #trump2020 #BuildTheWall.?

    Around the time of the hearing about sexual assault accusations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Bruce tweeted several times about those who have been accused being innocent until proven guilty. He also tweeted several times about what he considers to be the left?s hypocrisy around sexual assault.

    ?Keith Ellison, Joe Biden, and Bill Clinton are prime examples of the lefts false and phoney outrage?.they circle the wagons on their own who are guilty but hammer the women who dare to speak out against a democrat,? he tweeted.

    He also retweeted an Owens tweeted that read, ?If you are an actual victim of rape or sexual assault? I am sorry that you have had to watch the left politicize, diminish and demean your experience for political gain. These are mentally sick people who have just placed an awful burden on the integrity of your experiences.?

    In one tweet, he wrote, ?So are you implying that a person is guilty because someone else claims that they did something to them? Without a trial? That?s not what our constitution says.? In another, he mocked accusers, writing in a tweet directed at Ingraham, ?#MAGA I?m starting to remember that in 1985-1988, I served in the US Navy on two separate aircraft carriers in the greater San Francisco area. While there, I was victimized several times by fine steen and pee lousy.?

    <<snipped>>

    Just days before the Catholic Supply store attack, Bruce posted on Facebook about gun rights, sharing a post about gun control in Britain. In a conversation with a Facebook friend, Bruce wrote, ? I truly believe that this is a clear look into the past and we should be able to keep with our 2nd amendment rights?if we give up on one of the amendments? what?s stopping the government from taking more? ? we should stop expecting criminals to follow the rules. I?m hoping we end gun- free zones and put the criminals on notice that they will be stopped.?

    He added, ?there are 5 words within the 2nd that our government is distorting?. Shall not be infringed upon. The mental issue is a murky one. On one hand, it?s obvious that a gun in the hands of an unstable person is unthinkable?. but more kill which are not unstable?. just evil. Darkness arises when the light dims.?

    3. Bruce Attended Donald Trump?s November 6 Rally in Missouri That Featured Sean Hannity & Rush Limbaugh
    Facebook/Thomas Bruce

    Bruce wrote on his Facebook page that he attended Donald Trump?s November 6 rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. During that event, Trump campaigned for Republican candidates ahead of the mid-term elections alongside conservative personalities Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

    Bruce wrote on his page that he bought a ?Trump 2020? hat at the event. On the day of his arrest, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted a photo of officers investigating Bruce?s home in the Quail Run trailer park. That photo showed a ?Don?t Tread on Me? flag flying outside.

    Bruce also wrote on Facebook that he had worked at Election Day polls in St. Louis. It?s unclear if he was working during this year?s Election Day. He shared a video about alleged voter fraud in Texas and wrote, ?So sad how things like this happen. Even when I was working the polls here in St Louis, I seen and reported?. but all they did was move me to another polling place.?

    4. Bruce Is Accused of Holding the Store Up & Forcing 2 Woman to Perform ?Deviant Sexual Acts on Him? Before Shooting One of the Women Who Refused His Demands

    The scene outside of the Catholic Supply store in the aftermath of the attack.

    Bruce pretended to be a customer before leaving and returning with a gun, authorities said. Bruce is then accused of holding up the store at gunpoint and forcing three women to strip in the back office of the store. Police say that he then sexually assaulted two of them, forcing the women to perform ?deviant sexual acts.? When Bruce attempted to force a third woman, identified as Jamie Schmidt, to perform the same act, she refused, and police say Bruce shot her head in the head, killing her. Bruce then continued to sexually assault the other two victims before fleeing from the store before police arrived.



    Bruce is not thought to have had any connection to the victims. ?It shocks the senses,? St. Louis County Police Chief Job Belmar said at a press conference. Authorities have not said if Bruce confessed or if he is cooperating with investigators. A tip led to the arrest, the county prosecutor said.

    ?It seems to me that a guy like this saw an opportunity,? St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch told. ?There were three women in the store alone.?

    McCulloch said they are investigating to see whether Bruce is connected to any other crimes.

    <<snipped>>

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    It's always these type of people. It's ALWAYS this type. I'm sick of it and them. They give the decent people who are left a bad name.

    I was still in that area when Trump had that confederate rally. That's what he has, they're almost all white, and full of hate. My God what is this country turning into?


    He also retweeted an Owens tweeted that read, ?If you are an actual victim of rape or sexual assault? I am sorry that you have had to watch the left politicize, diminish and demean your experience for political gain. These are mentally sick people who have just placed an awful burden on the integrity of your experiences.?

    In one tweet, he wrote, ?So are you implying that a person is guilty because someone else claims that they did something to them? Without a trial? That?s not what our constitution says.? In another, he mocked accusers, writing in a tweet directed at Ingraham, ?#MAGA I?m starting to remember that in 1985-1988, I served in the US Navy on two separate aircraft carriers in the greater San Francisco area. While there, I was victimized several times by fine steen and pee lousy.?
    Tweets that didn't age well.

    Lastly, this guy was a asshole

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queena View Post
    It's always these type of people. It's ALWAYS this type. I'm sick of it and them. They give the decent people who are left a bad name.

    I was still in that area when Trump had that confederate rally. That's what he has, they're almost all white, and full of hate. My God what is this country turning into?



    Tweets that didn't age well.

    Lastly, this guy was a asshole
    People on fb are claiming that this guy was wearing the same thing the suspect in the Delphi murdrrs was wearing, and also matches his description

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jp1129 View Post
    People on fb are claiming that this guy was wearing the same thing the suspect in the Delphi murdrrs was wearing, and also matches his description
    Yeah, I've seen a few people saying that. I don't know though, the Delphi sketch was very detailed & the nose was completely & utterly different to this guy's. His nose is so short & arched that he looks like an angry, sulking guinea pig.

    The clothes are no help because they were completely generic & millions of guys dress that way.


    I guess they could've screwed up the sketch, or even sketched the wrong guy though? He was definitely capable of it, that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blighted star View Post
    Yeah, I've seen a few people saying that. I don't know though, the Delphi sketch was very detailed & the nose was completely & utterly different to this guy's. His nose is so short & arched that he looks like an angry, sulking guinea pig.

    The clothes are no help because they were completely generic & millions of guys dress that way.


    I guess they could've screwed up the sketch, or even sketched the wrong guy though? He was definitely capable of it, that's for sure.
    Yeah I feel like it?s wishful thinking on everyone?s part....myself included. I want justice for those little girls so badly..I?ve seen a few pictures of this guy and I do think he resembles the the composite in one of his photos..and yes I agree, the clothing description was pretty generic..only thing I don?t see a lot, is that type of hat, but I live in Texas, but I?m sure it?s more common elsewhere

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    How would DNA evidence alone not prove his innocence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queena View Post
    How would DNA evidence alone not prove his innocence?
    They don't want to do DNA evidence...because they know there's a good chance it will show that they executed an innocent man.

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    https://www.kmov.com/2022/02/08/thom...-store-attack/

    Thomas Bruce sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to 2018 Catholic Supply store attack

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