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Man Who Shot Two Native Americans, Killing One, Says Crime Wasn't Racially Motivated

A city employee shot two Northern Arapaho men Saturday at a detox center in Riverton, Wyoming, killing one and critically injuring the other.

A man who shot two Northern Arapaho men Saturday at a detox center in Riverton, Wyoming, killing one and critically injuring the other, said his acts were not racially motivated, according to police.

Roy Clyde, a 32-year-old City of Riverton parks employee, told investigators he specifically targeted the Center of Hope detox center because he was tired of dealing with homeless people drinking in the park, Captain Eric Murphy of the Riverton Police Department said.

A judge ruled Monday that Clyde be held without bond on one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 29.

According to the Associated Press, Murphy said Clyde entered the detox center through a back door, walked past two staff members and shot two clients in the head as they slept. He then reportedly laid down a handgun and called the police to report the shooting as he exited the building. He was arrested shortly thereafter.

Clyde reportedly told investigators he had been planning on killing “park rangers” for some time. “Park rangers” is a common term used in Riverton describing homeless alcoholics, and often referring to Native Americans who come to Riverton from the surrounding Wind River Reservation where alcohol is illegal.

Despite this, Clyde told investigators his actions were not racially charged and that he would have done the same if he had encountered a white client at the detox center. There was also no proof that any Center of Hope clients at the time were homeless.

The Center of Hope is run by the Volunteers of America, a nonprofit faith-based organization, and is open to anyone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.