Federal prosecutors in Seattle claim Keshav Mukund Bhide promised another campus shooting just days after three people were shot at Seattle Pacific University. Bhide is also alleged to have threatened two women online after they posted videos opposing the anti-woman rage Rodger expressed in a video uploaded before the May 23 shooting spree.
Those shootings - during which Rodger killed six and wounded 13 before killing himself - prompted women across the country to come forward with stories of sexism, sexual harassment and violence they'd endured. Many did so via Twitter and elsewhere under the hashtag #YesAllWomen, or at demonstrations like one held at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle.
All that was too much for Bhide, a young man who sympathized with Rodger's hateful views toward women, an FBI special agent said in charging papers. Questioned at his dormitory on Saturday, Bhide is alleged to have admitted to posting threats on YouTube and elsewhere.
Bhide, the agent told the court, "said that he sympathized with Rodger's personal struggles and believed it was unfair for the creators of those videos to judge his actions," said the FBI agent, who is currently assigned to the Bureau's domestic terrorism squad. "Bhide stated that he, like Rodger, had a hard time socializing at school and had few friends."
University police launched an investigation on Friday, June 13, after receiving a report of threats posted online by someone describing himself as a UW student.
Commenting under the alias Foss Dark, Bhide said he planned to kill more women than Rodger, the FBI agent told the court. That threat came four days after a shooting at nearby SPU saw one young man killed and two other students wounded.
"I live in seattle and go to UW, that's all ill give you," Bhide wrote, according to charging papers. "Ill make sure I kill only women, and many more than what Elliot accomplished."
Reviewing Bhide's comments elsewhere on YouTube, investigators found a May 31 comment in which he told a woman who'd posted a video condemning Rodger that "people like" her "should be shot first," the FBI agent continued. His is alleged to have responded to a second video by another woman with an obscene rant that included a threat of violence.
Investigators identified Bhide as a suspect on Saturday and learned confirmed he was enrolled at UW. Agents and university police contacted him at his dorm later that day and seized his computer.
Bhide was charged Thursday with making interstate threats, a felony. He had an initial appearance in U.S. District Court that afternoon, and remains jailed pending a hearing scheduled for July 3.