Colorado School Shooting Suspect Devon Erickson Shared Anti-Trump Facebook Post

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
May 8, 2019USshare
Colorado School Shooting Suspect Devon Erickson Shared Anti-Trump Facebook Post
Devon Erickson, 18, has been accused of carrying out a shooting at STEM Highlands Ranch in Colorado. (Devon Erickson/Facebook)

Colorado school shooting suspect Devon Erickson shared at least one anti-President Donald Trump Facebook post, according to a review of his page on the social media website.

Erickson, an 18-year-old student at STEM Highlands Ranch, a K-12 school outside of Denver, was named by authorities as one of two shooters who drew handguns inside the school on May 7 and shot nine people, killing one.

The second shooter was identified by the local sheriff as a “juvenile female.” Because she’s a minor, her name was not disclosed and has not yet leaked.

A review of Erickson’s Facebook page, which was still live for part of May 8 before being taken down, showed that he had shared a Facebook post by late-night host Seth Meyers from Nov. 3, 2016, in which Meyers slandered Trump.

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Devon Erickson, 18, has been accused of carrying out a shooting at STEM Highlands Ranch in Colorado. (Devon Erickson/Facebook)

Meyers said that “Americans just don’t love the two choices,” referring to Trump and Hillary Clinton.

About the latter, he noted she was under federal investigation for using a private email server. Then, Meyers went a one-minute rant naming things that Trump supposedly did, freely mixing unproven accusations and misrepresentations about things Trump has said or done with things he’s actually said or done.

For instance, Meyers said that Trump “proposed banning an entire religion from entering the U.S.,” when he actually instituted a travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries because the countries were struggling to contain Islamic terrorists.

Erickson did not comment on the video, only sharing it on his page. The video was posted one day after election day.

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Brendan Bialy, a senior at STEM Highlands Ranch, was one of the students credited with stopping a gunman at the school on May 7, 2019. (Brendan Bialy/Instagram)
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Parents fight back tears as they wait for their children at a recreation center where students were reunited with their parents in Highlands Ranch, Colo. on May 7, 2019. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Erickson rarely posted on the social media platform but did share a pro-Barack Obama post from the Occupy Democrats group in 2015.

“In just six years I nearly tripled the stock market, cut unemployment in half, ended two wars, cut the uninsured rate in half, brought gas down to $2.75, and cut the annual Bush deficit by two-thirds. Oh, and I got bin Laden,” reads the post, which features a photo of the former president.

Erickson also penned a post in 2014 in which he said he hates some Christians “who hate gays.”

Classmates took to the page denigrating the alleged shooter, with one writing: “If there is a death penalty in Colorado, I hope you get it.”

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A Douglas County, Colo., Sheriffs Department deputy walks past the doors to the STEM Highlands Ranch school early in Highlands Ranch, Colo. on May 8, 2019. (David Zalubowski/AP Photo)
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado where two students carried out a school shooting. (Maps4News/HERE)

Erickson was arrested with the juvenile female on Tuesday after the shooting, detained with the help of students at the school.

Erickson was being held on one count of suspicion of first-degree murder after deliberation and 29 counts of attempted first-degree murder after deliberation.

According to 9News, Erickson’s only prior criminal record appeared to be a Feb. 13, 2018, ticket in Douglas County for careless driving.

Police were searching the home of Erickson’s parents and a black Honda Civic in the school’s parking lot.

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