On Tuesday, the New York Post reported that the alleged gunman who shot and killed five men and injured two children in Philly’s Kingsessing neighborhood on Monday night was a Black Lives Matter protester who posed for pictures wearing women’s clothing.
According to Philadelphia police, the suspect, armed with a handgun and rifle and carrying a police scanner and bulletproof vest, shot and killed four men before chasing a fifth man inside of a house and fatally shooting him.
During the shooting, a 13-year-old boy was hit in his legs and a 2-year-old was shot in the legs four times.
Sources told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the shooter, 40-year-old Kimbrady Carriker, was apprehended after a foot chase. However, the police had not yet disclosed the suspect’s identity.
In its report, the New York Post included photos from the suspect’s Facebook page showing him in women’s clothing. The Post also reported that Carriker regularly posted support for Black Lives Matter on Facebook.
After the photos of Carriker wearing women’s clothing began circulating on right-leaning websites. Some on the right, including Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, claimed that the shooter was “transgender.”
But that claim was quickly disputed by officials in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, NBC News reported.
During a press conference on Wednesday, prosecutors announced that Carriker had been arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, attempted murder, possessing a firearm without a license, and carrying guns in public.
Asa Khalif, an official with the District Attorney’s Office’s LGBTQ advisory committee, attacked the “conservative press” for claiming that Carriker was transgender, calling it “violent” language.
Khalif said Carriker identified himself as male when he was charged and accused the “conservative press” of attempting to target “trans women of color” by calling Carriker transgender.
District Attorney Larry Krasner also condemned “conservatives” for misgendering Carriker, saying that “hate is a full-time job” for “some people.”