Minnesota man misidentified in mass shooting aftermath

“There are a lot of idiots on the internet who come to conclusions over no factual evidence.”

Truer words were never spoken like these from “Pavel,” who should know. He’s the victim of the untrue ones in the aftermath of the latest mass shooting.

Pavel is from somewhere in Minnesota. NBC News, which tracked him down, isn’t using his last name because … the internet.

He is the owner of the “Ravenchamps” ID on Reddit, an ID that is close to the “Ravens2012champs” ID that allegedly was used by David Katz, who killed two people and himself, and wounded 10 others at a Madden tournament in Florida.

Close enough, according to some far-right web sites and the usual suspects like commentator Mike Cernovich and Daily Caller reporter Ian Miles Cheong who identified Pavel’s account as that of the shooter.

Pavel jumped on Reddit yesterday to learn that he was dead, NBC News said.

“I went on Reddit. I noticed I had 60, 70 unread messages. Usually I have two or something,” Pavel, who didn’t give his last name out of privacy concerns, told NBC News on Monday night. “I look at the messages and it’s a bunch of people using my username claiming I’m that Madden shooter person. Half of them are messages like ‘I hope that person’s dead.’

Responding to a user who said “ravenchamps was his profile, see for yourself,” Ravenchamps wrote back.

“I’m alive you know?” he wrote.

Pavel then went to Reddit’s AskMeAnything board to answer questions about everything from his favorite TV show to what it was like to have all of his old opinions shared across the web as a possible motive of a mass shooting.

The conspiracy theorizing, far-right sites pushed the identity in order to claim that the mass shooting was carried out by an opponent of President Trump. The sites, like InfoWars and Gateway Pundit, have done this before.

After his interview was ending with NBC, he said he planned to spend the rest of last night, “calling out idiots on the internet.”

He’ll probably need more time than that.

(h/t: Paul Tosto)

  • MrE85

    “The conspiracy theorizing, far-right sites pushed the identity in order to claim that the mass shooting was carried out by an opponent of President Trump. The sites, like InfoWars and Gateway Pundit, have done this before.”

    They have done it before, and they will likely will again, as the pattern of mass murder in America shows no indications of slowing. Another thing we will not run our of is idiots on the Internet, they are America’s greatest natural resource.

    • boB from WA

      Maybe we could use them to power cars/houses/industry then?

      • Jeff

        I’m not sure I’d want a bunch of idiots pushing my car down the road, but I’ll keep an open mind. Then again I could keep a few in the trunk in the winter in case I get stuck.

        • Ben Chorn

          Just tell them Obama is coming for their guns and maybe they’ll push faster…

        • jon

          Think less pushing your car, and more of a hamster ball on rollers situation… got to have some safeties in place to keep the idiots isolated from the normals.
          😉

  • AL287

    If there isn’t a more powerful argument to abandon social media, I don’t know what is.

    This is why I don’t have any social media accounts.

    Thoughtless, gutless idiots.

    • jon

      I always love the “I don’t have social media accounts” posts on social media.

    • Jerry

      Back in the old days, they had actual lynch mobs. I think online ones, though not good, are an improvement.