Just a little over one week since President Joe Biden gave the most divisive speech in American history in Philadelphia, in which he referred to Republican Trump supporters as “extremists”, a 41-year-old North Dakota man murdered a teenager in North Dakota following a political dispute, claiming the victim was a Republican ‘extremist’.
Shannon Brandt, 41, killed 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson early Sunday in McHenry with an SUV in an alley, KVRR-TV reported. He is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident.
According to multiple sources, court documents said he told a 911 dispatcher the teen was part of a Republican “extremist group” and was calling people to go after him following an unspecified political argument.
NORTH DAKOTA DRIVER ADMITTED TO INTENTIONALLY KILLING TEENAGER FOR CONSERVATIVE VIEWS:
The victim called his mother moments before he was killed, asking her to pick him up after leaving a street party because a man was chasing him. When the mother arrived at the scene, Brandt had already murdered Ellingson leaving the scene.
According to a report by local ABC station WDAY, police sources say Brandt was intoxicated when he hit Ellingson with his pickup truck.
“We are still trying to determine what, exactly, transpired at the time of crash and prior to that as well” North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind said. “We do not know of any witnesses. We are still making attempts to interview potential witnesses from the street dance, people that were present prior to the crash happening.”
Police are not ruling out more serious charges being added to the indictment as the investigation progresses.