The daughter of a Walled Lake man who allegedly shot and killed his wife and seriously injured his other daughter with a shotgun Sunday, says her father was a follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory and blamed that obsession for the attack.
53-year-old Igor Lanis was shot dead by police after he emerged from his home in the 1200 block of Glenwood Court early Sunday morning and opened fire.
Police were there after receiving a 911 call at 4:11 a.m. Sunday from a 25-year-old woman who said her father had shot her and killed her mother.
Once inside the home, police found Lanis’ 25-year-old daughter Rachel shot in the back and legs with a shotgun. She was taken to the hospital with serious wounds that may impede her ability to walk again.
Meanwhile, Lanis’ 56-year-old wife Tina was discovered dead after being shot at least four times with a handgun. The family dog was also shot and killed.
Lanis’s other daughter, 21-year-old Rebecca, was not home when the shooting occurred.
“I think that he was always prone to (mental issues), but it really brought him down when he was reading all those weird things on the internet,” Rebecca Lanis told The Detroit News.
The Metro Times reports that on Sunday, she took to the QAnon Casualties subreddit to say her father had became more irritable and paranoid after becoming obsessed with conspiracy theories like QAnon, which alleges that the Democratic Party is a demonic sex cult, and former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was rigged.
“Yep,” she wrote. “The internet ruined him. Growing up, my parents were extremely loving and happy people. I always had a special bond with both my parents.”
But after Trump lost the 2020 election, Lanis said her father “started going down the Q rabbit hole He kept reading conspiracy theories about the stolen election, Trump, vaccines, etc. He always said he wanted to keep us safe and healthy.”
Lanis said that he had “verbally snapped” at them several times, her father was not violent until Sunday’s attack.
“I’m shocked and I don’t even know what to say,” she wrote. “Fuck you, Qanon. I hope the FBI tightens its grip on you and that your lackies rot in prison (and hell) for poisoning so many people.”