Man wrote he felt ‘accepted’ before filming 2, Suicide on South Haven Pier

* Correction: A previous version of the title of this article incorrectly characterized the shootout. One person was shot dead, another shot and killed in the incident. We regret the error, which has been corrected.

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) – The man who opened fire on a South Haven pier, killing a man and injuring a woman before turning the gun on him, wrote in a suicide note that he did not felt “absolutely nothing but contentment and acceptance. “

Aidan Ingalls, 19, shot dead Charles Skuza and injured his wife Barbara Skuza from the Kalamazoo region on the South Pier on the afternoon of August 20. Ingalls then committed suicide.

South Haven Police Department investigative reports show that on the day of the shooting, Ingalls went to the South Haven Big Boy where he was working and left a backpack. Inside were two diaries, one of which ended with a diary entry believed to be from the day of the shooting, although it was incorrectly dated.

“I’m here and for the first time in ages, I don’t really feel sick,” the entry said, according to the police report. “I don’t feel anxious, nervous, excited, happy, said, etc. I feel absolutely nothing but content and acceptance.”

A photo of Aidan Ingalls. (courtesy)

The entry is brief, continuing only to say that Ingalls loved his family, “even my mother.”

“Either way, I will always love you,” he wrote.

“My only regret is knowing what emotions will bring to my loved ones. That and fall in love, ”the entry continued.

He signed it “Memento Mari” – presumably a misspelling of the Latin “memento mori”, which means “remember you die” – and his full name.

Also in the backpack left with the Big Boy were envelopes marked with the names of his colleagues filled with cash – nearly $ 1,400 in total.

When Big Boy workers called the police to tell them about the backpack and the apparent suicide note, they were unaware Ingalls had already shot himself and two people at the South Pier.

Police reports include testimonies from people who were on the pier and on the beach when this happened. One of them said she saw Ingalls sitting on the pier, then approaching a couple. She said she saw Barbara Skuza turn around to see Ingalls point a gun at her.

“What are you doing?” the witness heard Barbara Skuza ask.

Ingalls shot her in the face, then shot her husband in the head.

The witness said he then fired more shots at the pier, towards the beach, towards the water and towards the north pier. Video from a News 8 camera overlooking the beach and pier shows people running at the sound of gunfire and a number of them scurrying for cover behind large erosion barriers.

A woman on the north pier said she grabbed her daughter and took cover behind the lighthouse, avoiding at least one shot. A blow hit a passing Jet Ski; the rider was not injured. Another person on the beach said a bullet went through her head and hit the sand next to her.

In total, witnesses described hearing up to seven gunshots.

It was all over in a matter of minutes. Charles Skuza, 73, died on the pier. Barbara Skuza, 71, was rushed to hospital. She was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital days later, on what would have been her 47th wedding anniversary.

An undated courtesy of the family of Charles and Barbara Skuza.

When investigators visited Ingalls ‘grandparents’ home after the shooting, they found a video he had recorded on the day of the shooting. In it, according to reports, he could be seen loading two handguns, including the one used in the shooting, and reading what he called his “last will.”

Also in the basement bedroom of his grandparents’ house, investigators said they found court documents related to this case, reports from 2018, reports on the suicides of certain celebrities, several religious texts and a number of books and documents on and by series or by mass. killers.

Ingalls had already been ordered to undergo psychological treatment after planning an attack on his school, Paw Paw High School, in 2018 when he was 15. This plan failed when his mother confronted him and he confessed to her what he was planning to do.

Police said the weapon found near Ingalls’ body, a 9mm pistol and pellet gun that he threw into the canal and later recovered by divers, was marked with swastikas or other white supremacist brands.

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