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Reported Philadelphia mass shooting suspect posted cross-dressing pics on Facebook

Kimbrady Carriker is fond of Black Lives Matter and gun memes, especially Keanu Reeves and The Matrix, whose co-director called it a transgender allegory.

Published: July 4, 2023 6:03pm

The suspected gunman in a mass shooting that killed five people and injured two children in Philadelphia Monday night posted photos of himself dressed as a woman on Facebook last year.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and WPVI Action News, citing "sources," each independently confirmed the suspect is 40-year-old Kimbrady Carriker, who lives a few blocks from the scene of the shooting. District Attorney Larry Krasner told a news conference Tuesday the suspect will be charged soon with murder counts.

The New York Post pointed to two photos posted by Carriker on his Facebook page March 27, 2022, where he's visibly wearing a bra and women's top with earrings and has braided hair associated with women. They appear to be the only images of himself since 2011, when Carriker dressed in a conventional male outfit and had shorter hair associated with men. 

He also shared support for Black Lives Matter and posted gun memes, with a particular fixation on actor Keanu Reeves and his gun-heavy films, especially The Matrix but also John Wick. The Matrix directors, the Wachowski siblings, both came out as transgender years after the film's release, and one described it as a transgender allegory.

If Carriker identified as a woman, he would be the third mass-shooting suspect with either a transgender or nonbinary identity in the past several months, after Nashville's Audrey Hale and Colorado Springs' Anderson Aldrich.

The morning before the shooting, Carriker posted a YouTube video of a military weapon titled "coming soon."

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said police followed the suspect shortly before 9 p.m. as he continued shooting and cornered him several blocks away, according to the Inquirer. The suspect was wearing a bulletproof vest and had an AR-style rifle, handgun, multiple magazines and a police scanner, WPVI reports.

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