Former Marine drove into shop he thought was owned by Muslims to 'make them pay,' - victims were Sikh
Chad Horsley allegedly impersonated a police officer and drove his truck into a shop because he thought it was owned by Muslims.
Chad Horsley allegedly admitted to Louisiana authorities that he wanted to make Muslims “pay.”
So police say Horsley, a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, targeted a convenience store in Livingston Parish that he thought was owned by Muslims, according to The Advocate. He allegedly posed as a police officer and entered the shop on Feb. 27, telling those in the business that he was going to return and search their store for drugs.
He came back on March 3, police say, and drove his white pickup truck into the shop before driving away, according to WAFB. Police say someone claiming to be a witness called and said a man stole an ATM machine and pulled out a gun when people tried to stop him.
But Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard told WWL that it was actually Horsley who called police and said he was a witness of the wild scene before later admitting that he actually committed the alleged crime.
Through the investigation we learned that he purposely did it because of the hate he had for Muslims,” Ard said in an interview with WWL. “He wanted to make them pay for some things that he felt happened overseas and things of that nature.”
Ard added to WAFB that Horsley “was also upset that Muslims, in his mind, were having an easier time prospering than he was despite his time in the service.”