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California mass killer mocked 'hopes and prayers' in social media posts during attack

The gunman who killed 12 people and them himself at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Southern California posted on social media during the attack. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

The alleged gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar stopped in the middle of his attack to post on social media before killing more people, according to ABC News.

Police said he killed a group of security guards and employees near the entrance of the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, then stopped to post online before proceeding to shoot victims on the dance floor.

What he posted about: The suspected killer's social media posts indicated that he didn't have a real motive for the mass murder, despite what he knew people would speculate after the fact. Instead, he implied that boredom was a factor in his decision.

He also wrote that he knew his sanity would be questioned, but he mocked those who would offer hopes, thoughts and prayers after the mass murder and then wonder why such incidents keep occurring.

The suspect's background: The suspected murderer was a 28-year-old veteran who served in Afghanistan with the Marines who had reportedly shown symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. His friends said he was a regular visitor to the bar where he committed the mass killing.

Not the only one mocking 'thoughts and prayers': CNN host Chris Cuomo attacked people who respond to mass murders by offering thoughts and prayers Thursday, saying that doing so only serves to "mock those who lost loved ones."

"You think leaving it to God is the answer?" Cuomo asked. "We pray for strength, we pray for wisdom, for resolve, but we clearly don't want to act on any of those here, so what are you praying for?"

MSNBC's Chris Matthews took it a step further during his Thursday show.

"You mean thoughts and prayers?" Matthews said. "I'm sorry, I mean, that should be outlawed."

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