The suspect responsible for the shooting of three Palestinian students in Burlington, Vermont has been identified as Jason Eaton.
Jason Eaton who is 48 years old, was arrested related to the attack on Palestinian students Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdel Hamid and Tahseen Ahmed.
He was detained at around midday on Sunday near where the shooting occurred.
Police searched his home in the apartment building in front of where the shooting took place and arrested him on Sunday evening.
Eaton faces three counts of aggravated assault, police said.
He is expected to be arraigned on Monday.
Jason Eaton Twitter profile
On his Twitter profile, Eaton refers to himself as a ‘radical citizen.’ The bio also makes a possible reference to the far right-wing militia, the Oath Keepers. He gives his location as a ‘Parallel Universe.’
His account is private but his mentions so that he has been involved in conversations surrounding the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Among those who responded to one of Eaton’s messages was Vermont Republican senate candidate Gerald Malloy. The publicly viewable response saw Malloy answer Eaton by saying: ‘Exactly.’
Jason Eaton mother reacts
Eaton’s shocked mother Mary Reed told The Daily Beast he has had his ‘struggles’ in the past but that nothing indicated he was capable of such violence. She said he is a ‘very religious’ person, but had seemed normal when she spent Thanksgiving with him on Thursday, two days before the shooting.
‘He, like all of us, thinks the world is a mess. He is a spiritual person,’ she said.