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A Texas man has been arrested multiple times this year for shooting at women drivers, and his Facebook posts about women may reveal why.
Twenty-nine-year-old Nicholas D’Agostino was arrested for the second time this summer in connection with shootings near Katy, Texas. In both cases, a woman says she was shot in the arm while driving near D’agostino’s home.
D’Agostino was arrested in July when he shot a 39-year-old woman in the left arm. He claimed it was necessary self-defense because she was swerving into his lane. The bullet reportedly passed through the woman’s left arm and lodged itself in her chest.
Speaking to ABC 13, D’Agostino said the woman was going to do “vehicular manslaughter,” and continued, “It’s almost happened to me before.” He’s not wrong that this situation has happened to him before, but investigators seem to disagree with D’Agostino’s assessment of what was happening, and what the appropriate response was. Before the latest incident, authorities say D’Agostino has shot at vehicles at least five times in similar situations.
Investigators point to D’Agostino’s social media as evidence for the reasoning behind his actions. They say on Facebook D’Agostino ranted and raved against women. Investigators say the posts talked about, “female motorists and how incompetent they are and that their sole purpose is to give birth to male children.” His Instagram, which has now been taken down, was full of pictures of guns, including a .45-caliber handgun that investigators believe he used in at least one of the shootings. The handgun was recovered in D’Agostino’s home during the investigation.
D’Agostino had been out on bail from the July incident for only two days before being arrested again in connection to another shooting. His bond has now been set at $400,000. Authorities say this is to protect the community, particularly the women motorists he has been targeting. He is facing multiple felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Alex Dalbey is a writer and zinester currently working out of St. Paul, Minnesota. They have bylines at The Daily Dot, Kill Screen, and Bullet Points. Follow them on Twitter @thedialogtree