They are spinning the shooting of two State police officers in Northeastern Pennsylvania as perpetrated by a right-wing survivalist. This from a local newspaper which cannot resist bringing up twice in the same story that he was involved in the school’s rifle team. It turns out he was anything but a right-wing nut case. Fox news is still spinning it as a “sharp shooting survivalist”, whatever that intends to mean. Picture just added by the Pocono Record newspaer. Updates as they come available. Why isn’t the media covering this?
Well, they are now covering the story since they can try and work it out to fit their agenda. Be sure and check out his MySpace page. These are leftist organizations that he supported. Just saying.
UPDATES:Some Barrett residents can’t get to their homes tonight because of search – 9/18/2014
Many residents of Barrett Township were unable to reach their homes Thursday night as the search alleged for Blooming Grove shooter Eric Frein intensified.
Shelter set up for Barrett/Price residents displaced by police activity – 9/18/2014
ES North students at after-school activities evacuated to Middle Smithfield Elementary – 9/18/2014
Eric Matthew Frein has been added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.
He is known to be a heavy smoker, a weapons enthusiast, and a survivalist, and has studied the Russian and Serbian languages.
H/T and video over at :WFMZ
Roads shut down in Barrett Township near home of Eric Frein’s parents- 9/18/2014 5:30pm
Manhunt for Eric Frein: What we know at 8:55 a.m. today- 9/18/2014
Pocono Mountain schools closed Thursday; no outdoor recess, PE at Stroudsburg – 9/17/2014
Poconos on edge as accused gunman Eric Frein remains on the loose – 9/17/2014
Frein, who was on the rifle team at Pocono Mountain High School, is still on the loose and considered armed and extremely dangerous. (The most important info comes first) Kiss the Girls and Boys rifle teams goodbye.
ABC News Accused Cop Shooter Eric Frein Played Soldiers in War Films
The suspect in the shooting of two Pennsylvania state troopers has spent years reenacting military history and has shaved the sides of his head into a bizarre Mohawk as “part of the mental preparation” for his alleged attack, police said today.
Eric Matthew Frein, 31, is charged with killing one trooper and wounding a second last Friday and there is a massive manhunt underway for him. He is considered dangerous, possibly armed with a rifle and an AK-47. Schools in the district were closed today because of the search.
Lt. Col. George Bivens said today that Frein “belongs to a military simulation unit” that focused on Eastern European armies. More ABC News
Eric Frein is on the far right. He was a sophomore on the rifle team when this photo was taken in 2000.
Being a “survivalist”, if in fact he was one, doesn’t by itself qualify him as “right-wing”. Being on a school’s rifle team doesn’t turn one into an assassin.
Here is the header from Weasel Zippers:
PA Trooper Shooter Suspect Has MySpace Reference To Che Guevara, 13th Guards (Soviet Red Army Rifle Division)
Some stories have identified him as a “survivalist”, which some immediately are translating to “right wing nut”.
As with most things, best not to jump to conclusions till all the evidence is in.
In this case, it is clear from Frein’s MySpace account that he was an active participant in an Airsoft group, practicing shooting. There are a lot of connections to other Airsoft players.
There is also a connection to Che Guevara and 13th Guards. 13th Guards was a Soviet Red Army rifle division, also referenced on Call of Duty.
State police are searching for Eric Matthew Frein, who they say is armed with a high-powered rifle, extremely dangerous and the man they suspect in the fatal ambush shooting Friday at a Pike County state police barracks
Now how the local media portrays him:
Frein, 31, lives with his parents in Canadensis, about 20 miles from the Blooming Grove barracks.
Police say Frein, who was on the rifle team at Pocono Mountain High School and whose father describes him as an excellent marksman who “doesn’t miss,” is an extreme survivalist who has expressed a desire to kill law enforcement and commit mass murder.
Police interviewed his father, Michael Frein, who told them that an AK-47 and a .308 rifle with a scope were missing from the home.
Michael Frein told police he is a retired major with 28 years in the Army, and that he had trained his son in shooting skills.
Michael Frein is quoted in a 1999 Pocono Record article advocating to keep the rifle team intact when the school considered abandoning the program.
At a press conference Tuesday, Noonan said Frein had for years expressed his hatred of police both in person and online.
More at the Pocono Record. Check their front page “Top Stories box” section for continuing updates.