If a Muslim drove a pickup truck through the front gate of a church parking lot, rammed a couple of cars and sped off, you’d see the story everywhere, and rightfully so. However, when suspect Shaun Urweiler — pictured below in the typical dead-inside-eyes mug shot — did the same at a Tampa mosque, the story remained largely ignored, and that ain’t rightfully so.
If you do a search for news on the incident, the only non-local coverage you’ll find is in this piece in International Business Times. The rest of the media has pretty much ignored the story.
ABC Action News spoke with the suspect’s brother, Neal Urwiler, over the phone, about the situation.
Neal Urwiler says his brother, Shaun, called him a few hours before the incident to let him know that he had a dream about Fallujah, Iraq and believes it triggered him. He tells us, his brother is a combat veteran with PTSD and was not taking his medication. He says Shaun Urwiler hit “rock bottom” but his intention wasn’t to hurt anyone.
“I apologize on behalf of my family if anyone was scared,” said Neal Urwiler, “This is not something a sane person would do. He’s not that person and he’s going to get help.”
One reply on “The sort of news story that gets ignored: Man drives truck through mosque gates, rams cars, speeds off”
Eh. Crunching two or more cars ain’t that newsworthy.