Houston police officer shot dead at gas station; the suspect is a euphemism wearing red shorts.

Man, do we live in more violent times than before?

Or is it social media’s fault? Has its capability to provide instant news shrunk the immediacy of tragedy to such an extent in this digital age that we are left to ponder the illusion of perpetual murder and mayhem?

The latest incident has taken place in Houston. On Friday night, a uniformed police officer was putting gas in his patrol car at a Chevron in Harris County when an unknown assailant walked up behind him and shot him dead.

According to ABC:

A male suspect came up from behind the deputy and shot the deputy multiple times. The deputy then fell to ground. The suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as he laid on the ground,” [Harris County Deputy Thomas] Gilliland said.

The officer, a 10-year veteran, assigned to the west district patrol in District 5, died at the scene. His name has not yet been released.

Gilliland says they think this may have been a random vicious act.

And in these violent days, racial attacks seem to be more vividly noticeable and much of the violence peppering modern society seems shrouded in one racial form or another. The world is losing its mind. Now, when reading stories like this, the first thing I note is the suspect’s description for what it tells us, or for what the media fails to mention.

Suspect race predicates everything we need to know of a crime, and the virulence of our paranoia grows by the day and has become so reciprocated with justification that we naturally begin to wonder if we are in fact even being unreasonably paranoid because society does seem to be snowballing into a massive communal firestorm of violence and hate.

And the official description spoon-fed to the media for tonight’s suspect is:

Now a manhunt for that suspect is underway. Officers described him only as a dark-complexioned man who’s about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He had short hair, possibly a fade cut. He was wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts at the time of the shooting and fled the scene in a dark red Ford Ranger.

Dark-complexioned with a possible fade cut.

Can this turn out well?