Texas Rep. Vicente Gonzalez mistakenly said Sunday on CNN that the suspect in the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas was “Sam Hyde.”
On “CNN Newsroom With Ana Cabrera,” the host asked, “And are you learning anymore about how investigators are now piecing information together? Do you know anything about the attacker?”
Gonzalez answered, “We don’t. It was reported to me that he is actually not from this community. Apparently, his name was released as Sam Hyde. That was a name I was given. We don’t know more details. I assume probably there will be search warrants executed probably later in the day. We will be trying to get to the bottom of this person’s life and what could have motivated him to commit such a tragedy.”
Cabrera asked, “Do you know for sure that there…”
“I don’t know for sure. It would be all speculation, but that is what has been reported to me that there was only one attacker,” Gonzalez said.
Sam Hyde is not the mass shooter. Hyde is an internet comedian and the target of a long-running internet prank to falsely claims that Sam Hyde is responsible for various shootings and terror attacks.
Hyde used to have a show on Adult Swim, but was cancelled after its first season despite overall good ratings.
Some fans, and Hyde himself, saw the cancellation as political due to Hyde’s right-wing leanings.