State Rep Vicente Gonzalez fell for a long-running Internet joke when he named Sam Hyde live on CNN as the person responsible for the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas
Gonzalez stated that the name he was given was Sam Hyde
Hyde is said to be the shooter in most highly publicized mass shootings
Chris Ward was also falsely named as the shooter by a employee at a nearby gas station
In a live interview with CNN, Texas Rep Vicente Gonzalez reminded the world on Sunday that 4chan is why we cannot have nice things. During the interview, Gonzalez claimed the man responsible for the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas, was no other than Sam Hyde.
Gonzalez’s claim gave yet another trolling victory for 4chan who is known for taking great pleasure when mainstream media reports bullshit found from the underbelly of the Web.
In a phone call with CNN from McAllen, Texas, Gonzalez stated that he had been informed the shooter’s name is Sam Hyde after being asked if he had any information on the shooter.
It was reported to me that he is actually not from this community. Apparently, his name was released as Sam Hyde. That’s the name I was, I was given.
Naming Hyde, an Internet comedian, as the shooter in these heavily covered mass shootings is a long-running joke. Hyde has been named as the UCLA shooter, San Bernardino, Kalamazoo shooting, as well as in Hesston and Minneapolis.
Hyde was also named for shooting up Planned Parenthood, the Naval Base in San Diego, the Air Force Base in San Antonio, and Capitol Hill. He was even named as the Paris shooter. He is often described as being a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Since the shooting, another name was falsely spread by mainstream media as well. A worker at a gas station named mistakenly named Chris Ward as the shooter. Ward’s aunt later posted on Facebook saying her nephew was not the shooter.
At this time, it is reported Ward, his children, and his wife were all at least injured in the shooting. As the family eagerly waited to see if their loved ones were alive, they were shocked to see that Ward was being accused on social media of being the person responsible for the shooting. As of now, the identity of the shooter has yet to be confirmed.