By Charlie M. Marshall, Jane Harkness and Kwang-Su Lee. Additional local reporting by James Webb and Rebekah Ng.
Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) – America’s most infamous terrorist, Rory Rollins, along with a party of compatriots, has gunned down 84 people at the University of Hawai’i in Manoa. An additional 7 people were killed at a follow up bombing in the district of Kaka’ako. It is one of the worst school shootings recorded and places Rollins as the deadliest domestic terrorist and mass murderer in American history.
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According to local reporters and survivors of the attack, Rollins, along with four companions calling themselves the ‘Bible Rangers’, entered the lecture hall at the Hamilton Library near the end of a presentation on burn victims by local doctor, Asahi Jackson. Rollins, disguised in a mask, threatened Jackson and called him a ‘pagan’ and a ‘heathen’ before the panicking crowd began to flee and fight back, disrupting the terrorists’ plan.
After a short while, Rollins opened fire on the crowd with a mechanical marionette with a mounted gatling gun, killing 84 people, including 5 professors and 8 security personnel. At least 50 more people were wounded in the attack. In the ensuing chaos, one of Rollins’ party was killed, while Rollins and the other three escaped. They remain at large, though a statewide manhunt is being conducted.
Shortly after the shooting at the University, a car bomb ignited in the Honolulu industrial district known as Kaka’ako in front of an office building of Fortune Holdings, a subsidiary of Vivid Design, Inc. An additional 7 people were killed in this attack and another 12 wounded.
“This was an organized attack, conducted by a man with a singular hate towards the good people of Hawai’i,” said Honolulu Police Chief Thomas Wu. The attack has been declared a hate crime by multiple agencies. Authorities have said that, despite previous failures, that they have ‘promising leads’ into Rollins’ location. Shinto shrines, as well as other non-Catholic places of worship, have been placed under watch by Hawai’i police.
The Deadliest Domestic Terrorist
Rollins, who is now the deadliest domestic terrorist in American history, has risen in the ranks of various global law enforcement agencies as of the attack. Though he already topped the FBI Most Wanted list, he has now gained that position with Interpol and the European Security Council. He is considered responsible for the deaths of over 300 American citizens.
Rollins was born in San Diego, California and was raised by a single mother, the now deceased Mary Rollins. Rollins moved to Hawai’i at the age of 19 to attend university at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa for two years before dropping out and joining the U.S. Navy.
He received many commendations during his time in the military, including being made an All-American swimmer. He retired his commission at the age of 27, after 6 years in the military. He began working as an underwater welder off the coast of Honolulu before disappearing from public record.
Soon afterwards, he began a string of terrorist attacks on the state of Hawai’i, including a violent attack on a local bus station and a shooting at Kapolei High School.
The University Attack
Rollins’ motivations for beginning his terrorist attacks on Hawai’i were always mysterious in the past, but the assault on his own alma mater has brought new information to life. During this attack, Rollins spouted clearly religious rhetoric, calling his victims ‘pagans’ and ‘heathens’ consistently. In addition, the mechanism used to shoot the gatling guns were decorated to resemble Jesus Christ with Rollins referring to the device as his ‘mecha-Jesus.’
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Rollins has not expressed any form of religious hatred before, though experts agree that he has always been a practicing Catholic. “This latest attack shows an evolution in killing,” terrorist expert Sayid al-Aadi says. “He began as a selfish killer, one who did it for himself. Now, he has moved on and is killing for God. This makes him considerably more dangerous and he will almost certainly try something even bolder next time.”
Rollins, as well as his companions, were calling themselves the ‘Bible Rangers,’ and were reportedly quoting scripture during their attack on Dr. Jackson for supposedly being a pagan. Dr. Jackson has declined to speak about his religious affiliation, though several former patients have identified him as a practitioner of the Shinto faith. Each member of the terrorist group was dressed in a different color outfit allowing them to resemble the heroes from the popular children’s television show Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The production company behind the show, Saban Entertainment, has released a statement condemning the attack and Rollins, and expressing disgust that their show was used to inspire such violence.
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Shortly after the shooting at the university, a car bomb ignited outside of the Kaka’ako branch of Fortune Holdings. This follow-up attack killed an additional 7 people and wounded 12 more, most of whom were employees of the company, as well as damaging some of the infrastructure of the area. Rollins’ motivations for this secondary attack remain unclear, though many have assumed it was a form of distraction to tie up law enforcement and allow him to escape more efficiently.
The CEO of Fortune Holdings’ parent company, Michelle Sato, has declined to comment.
For most of the attack, Rollins wore a mask. He was only identified after the attack by local celebrity and surfing champion, Kai Kea, who, according to eyewitnesses, fought with the attackers inside the hall in an attempt to save his friend, Dr. Jackson. He ran to help after Jackson accidentally called his number when attempting to call the police without drawing Rollins’ attention.
Kea’s involvement has drawn criticism from some media outlets due to his past connection with Rollins. The two were roommates for a semester during their time at university. Many past associates have noted that the two were close friends, often being seen at the campus gym together. Critics have pointed out that Kea had no reason to be on campus that day and may be colluding with Rollins. Defenders of Kea have pointed out that Kea has denounced Rollins for years and that no part of his story conflicts with what other eyewitnesses have reported. Chief Wu has publicly stated: “we have no reason to suspect Mr. Kea at this time. In fact, we at the Hawai’i Police applaud his bravery, as well as that of other members of the crowd who attempted to save others, and believe that their courage and skill saved many lives, including that of Dr. Jackson.”
Despite multiple attempts, Kea has refused full interviews with both local and national news outlets. His only official statement thus far reads: “I was there. I tried to help. I’m sorry I couldn’t do more.”
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As of publication, 91 people have died as a result of the attacks. At least 60 more have been wounded, with 8 currently in intensive care at the Valeska Khabarov Hospital in downtown Honolulu.
Among the dead are Peter J. Ross, author of multiple books on Polynesian mythology and professor at the University, and Hana Hirono, granddaughter of former state senator, Aiko Hirano. The youngest victim is 16-year old Erin Chavez, a tourist visiting the university as she was considering attending college there. For a full list of the dead as more information becomes available, check the main page at CNN.com.
Considerable damage to the Hamilton Library has occurred, though a spokesperson for the university has stated that rebuilding the library along with a memorial for the victims is a top priority for the school. “Despite this horror, we will recover,” University Dean Francis Moore said. “We do not bow to religious extremism and terror. The University of Hawai’i and the great city of Honolulu will remain a jewel of the Pacific and a bastion of diversity and progress. For all those that have lost loved ones, I ask you to remember that all of our hearts are with you. You are not alone.”
If you have any information on the current whereabouts of Rory Rollins, or the identity of any of his compatriots, please call this dedicated hotline number immediately: (808) 961-2244.