[Ed. – Inconvenient facts, being accepted rather than ignored … are we sure this is the right FBI?]
Investigators have not yet ruled out hate crime charges, the AP said, but there are legal requirements to be met. Prosecutors must prove the victims were targeted because of factors like race or gender to meet the standard, according to federal law.
Successful prosecutions usually involve text messages, internet posts or witnesses who can back up claims about the accused’s views.
So far, that sort of evidence hasn’t turned up against the accused shooter, Robert Aaron Long, 21, who apparently patronized at least two of the spas he targeted.