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Name of Jacksonville shooter; Prigozhin’s death confirmed: weekend report

Authorities are sharing new details about the shooter and victims of an apparently racially motivated shooting in Florida. Russia confirms the death of Yevgeny Prigojine. And Vivek Ramaswamy claims he would have certified Biden’s victory on January 6, 2021.

Here’s the biggest news you missed this weekend.

Jacksonville shooter identified

Authorities on Sunday named the white shooter who shot and killed three black people in a racially motivated attack in Jacksonville, Fla., as 29-year-old Ryan Palmeter.

According to the police, video shows Palmeter entering a Dollar General parking lot on Saturday afternoon and killing a woman in her car before entering the store and killing two other people. Authorities believe the shooter committed suicide when police entered the store.

Follow NBC News’ live blog for the latest on the Jacksonville shooting.

Officials also said Sunday that Palmeter was met at Edward Waters University, a historically black college in Jacksonville, before the shooting. A campus security officer met with Palmeter, who refused to identify himself and then left campus minutes before the shooting.

Palmer, who wore a tactical vest and was armed with an AR type rifle and A Glock pistol decorated with swastikasauthorities said had left messages for his parents, the media and federal law enforcement detailing the racial hatred.

“He was, frankly, a maniac who decided he wanted to take lives,” Jacksonville Sheriff TK Waters said. “He targeted a certain group of people, namely black people. That’s what he said he wanted to kill. And it is very clear.

The shooting was the last act of American gun violence motivated by racist ideologya national scourge that federal officials have described as one of the deadliest forms of modern domestic terrorism.

Mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin has been confirmed dead. And now for the Wagner group?

Russian investigation officials confirmed the death of mercenary leader Eugene Prigojineciting genetic analysis of bodies from Wednesday’s plane crash.

Prigojine’s death leaves an uncertain future for the Wagner Group and its often brutal and destabilizing presence in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and across Africa.

Prigozhin and his mercenaries supported strongmen in Africa and gained wealth from it, accused of exploiting gold and diamond mines in some countries in return for military support.

After the death of Prigozhin and some of his lieutenants, a power vacuum in the Wagner group could make it easier for the Kremlin and Russian military leaders to determine what happens next.

A star swimmer died of fentanyl poisoning

A former star swimmer found dead in February in the US Virgin Islands has died of accidental fentanyl poisoning, police said on Saturday.

Jamie Cail, 42, died of “fentanyl poisoning”. the Virgin Islands Police Department said Saturday, citing an autopsy report from the territory’s medical examiner.

As a teenager, Cail won a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay as a member of Team USA at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships, according to swimming news site SwimSwam.

On Washington’s 60th anniversary march, new challenges meet a familiar fight for justice

Dozens of protesters and speakers at the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom said many of the concerns voiced at the historic Aug. 28, 1963, rally still persist.

The anniversary was billed as a ‘continuation, not a commemoration’, organized by a number of groups including the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and the Drum Major Institute, which is modeled after the Reverend Martin Luther King. Jr. principles to strengthen the right to vote and end segregation.

Martin Luther King III speaks on the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington. Elias Williams for NBC News

“It’s a change, a change that has taken place,” said Ann Breedlove, who attended the 1963 March on Washington. “It’s a shame that we are still talking about these issues. But our leaders and black people speak louder. We are tired – sick and tired – of asking for justice.

Speakers addressed black history concernsIt is bbe eliminated from K-12 educationaccess to abortion, the abolition of positive discrimination by the Supreme Court and the reversal of LGBTQ rights.

Meet the press

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said in an interview on “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he would have certified the results of the 2020 presidential election and that then-Vice President Mike Pence had missed a “historic opportunity” to initiate changes on January 6. 2021.

Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur who has aligned himself closely with former President Donald Trump, saw his star grow in the first debate of the Republican presidential primary last week.

Chuck Todd asked Ramaswamy if Pence made the right move on Jan. 6 in certifying the election results. “I would have done things very differently. I think he missed a historic opportunity to reunite this country in this window,” Ramaswamy said.

Name of Jacksonville shooter; Prigozhin's death confirmed: weekend report

He said if he had been in Pence’s shoes, he would have pushed “reforms” in Congress before certifying the election.

“Here’s what I would have said, ‘We need a one-day vote on election day, we need paper ballots, and we need matching government-issued ID. in the register of electors.’ And if we achieve that, then we will have won and we should have no more complaints about the integrity of the elections. I would have passed it through the Senate,” he said.

Pence’s presidential campaign denounced Ramaswamy’s remarks as an attempt to nationalize the vote and a “lack of understanding of how our system of government works.”

You can watch the full interview here.

The policy in brief

Biden impeachment inquiry: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has signaled a move toward an indictment investigation In Biden’s business dealingscalling this decision “a natural step forward”.

Newsom vs. DeSantis: Some Biden political advisers see California Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to debate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a bad idea, saying it carries more risk than potential rewards.

Immigration: The Biden administration and New York officials are squabbling what to do about 58,000 asylum seekersclaimants supported by New York Citysome of whom are sleeping rough as shelters reach capacity.

Iowa voters: Members of Hawkeye State’s Republican caucus describe themselves as ‘mainstream’ conservatives who overwhelmingly say they would use the phrase ‘pro-life’ to describe themselves, new data shows. the latest NBC News/Des Moines Register/Mediacom statewide poll.

Culture & Trends

Bob Barker on the set of "The price is right" in Los Angeles in 1985.
Bob Barker on the set of “The Price is Right” in Los Angeles in 1985.CBS/Getty Images Photo Archive

Bob Barker, longtime ‘The Price Is Right’ host, dies at 99

Bob Barker, the longtime host of ‘The Price Is Right’ TV show, who used his combination of heartwarming charm and deadpan humor to become a staple of American television, died this weekend. He was 99 years old.

Before Barker took over as the game show’s helm in 1972, it had faded considerably from its glory days and had been pitched by two networks before landing on CBS.

Barker found the show his own voice, and it continued to air a decade and a half after his retirement.

Learn more about The life and career of Bob Barker.

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