Days before going on the shooting spree that left three dead in Colorado Springs this weekend, the man law enforcement officials anonymously confirmed as the shooter uploaded a Youtube video and wrote a blog post—both included rambling thoughts on religion but no mention of the impending violence.
On Thursday of last week Noah Jacob Harpham, 33, published a piece on his blog called titled, “Is my Dad in a Cult? Even Worse, Is It Satanic?!” The next day, he uploaded the video at the top of this post to Youtube, addressing, apparently, the same issues raised in his earlier blog post.
Witnesses said the gunman first took aim at a young man riding a bicycle, and shot him several times and left him face-down on the sidewalk. Police found him with his backpack still on.
The shooter then roamed the streets with a AR-15 rifle in one hand and a revolver in the other. About a half-mile away, he turned suddenly, shooting two residents on the porch of a home for women in recovery. He then continued down the block as police closed in, shooting out the window of a squad car before officers fired back.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the 6’5” Harpham described himself as “a big friendly giant” and identified as a Christian and recovering alcoholic in a profile on dating website eHarmony.com.
Aspects of his recovery are apparently documented in his mother’s memoir, Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk, the Gazette reports. Harpham attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at 543 E. Platte Ave, where two women, also in recovery, were killed on Saturday.
“In the last two months, he dropped out of the program,” one AA at a vigil on Sunday told the Gazette.