As they were working, she said, a man approached them and shouted that they were “violent terrorists”, repeatedly calling them deviant vulgarities and accusing them of having to responsible for the violence in the city. The women were about a block from where Mr. Smith lived.
She said he threatened them, saying, “If I see you walking past my house, I’ll shoot you.”
Ms Beck said Ms Knightly approached the man and said: ‘You won’t scare us. You will not threaten us. “
The gunman then shot Ms Knightly in the face, Ms. Beck said.
Ms. Beck said she was shot twice and that she saw two of her friends, including Ms. Knightly, on the ground, covered in blood.
Police declined to provide a motive for the attack, saying it was still under investigation.
A search warrant was issued at Mr Smith’s apartment over the weekend, according to his roommate Kristine Christenson, 33, who said she had lived with him for seven years.
Mr. Smith, a mechanic, has become more radical in recent years, Ms. Christensen said.
“He talks about wanting to shoot people all the time, how much he hates Antifa and Black Lives Matter and ‘those damn friends,'” she said.
Ms Christensen said Mr Smith was wearing a shirt that read “Kyle Rittenhouse is a true patriot”, introducing for the Illinois man who was acquitted of criminal charges after he fatally shot two men and wounded another during a police protest in Kenosha, Wis., in 2020.
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