On FaceBook the NorthLake mall shooter Daquan Antonio Westbrook went by the name “Donkey Cartel” well, at least that was original.
The 18 year old wannabe rapper was all over Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. RIP tweets built up the myth that this self described Jack Ass was a creative kid who didn't need to be gunned down by the cops.
Posing with guns and rapping about shooting niggas and raping white girls showed he lacked any idea of right and wrong as well as basic common sense.
It was that lack of right vs wrong and common sense that led Donkey boy to pull a gun in a mall on Christmas Eve.
And this is how it ended.
As facts about the shooting emerged the Charlotte Observer tried to humanize Donkey Cartel:
His persona was that of an up-and-coming rapper who posted his beats and lyrics on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
His musical repertoire included songs with titles such as “No Hook,” “Pac” and “Got it out the mudd.”
Friends say Westbrook, 18, longed for recognition and stardom.
Other Mainstream News Media interviewed his parents offering the usual he was a good boy trying to turn his life around.
But the outcome was not unexpected. Pull out a gun in a mall, start start shooting and the police are forced to shoot first and sort out the facts later.
The response to NorthLake was a text book active shooter operation. 90 some officers, a battalion's worth of fire department personnel, all nearby medic units and the mass casualty squad all rolled on the first reports.
Highway patrol closed down the ramps to the interstate and sealed off the Mall from inbound and outbound traffic.
The entire event lasted less than 3 minutes. From the time the first shots were fired until Officer Thomas Ferguson fired his weapon that naturalized the threat.
Expect arrests will be forthcoming.
But the real issue is the courts that let Daquan Westbrook walk the streets despite a long list of arrests and violent offenses.
Sad that it took a CMPD Officer to dispatch the shooter and that his prior arrests failed to register with the courts in the past. Thankfully dozens of shoppers in the immediate area escaped unharmed at least physically.
Daquan Westbrook's final seconds captured in a grainy cellphone video, that shows him rounding a corner and reaching for a gun in his waistband.