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FAU professor suggests Navy Yard shooting an elaborate hoax

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The loony Florida Atlantic University communications professor, known for his conspiracy theories, is at it again – now saying Monday’s Washington Navy Yard shooting may have been a hoax.

On his MemoryHole.com blog, James Tracy says the photos and video from the scene were edited, pointing to signs that the event may have been staged, according to The Daily Caller.

Tracy created a firestorm earlier this year when he claimed the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing could have been hoaxes. He said trained “crisis actors” may have been brought in to steer public opinion back to gun control, according to The Huffington Post.

Now, Tracy is suggesting that the Navy Yard shooting might have been staged by unnamed forces, The Daily Caller reported.

“Witnesses have been documented stating that evacuation drills were known to have been taking place at the Navy Yard in the lead-up to the September 16 shooting event,” Tracy’s blog says.

FAU distanced itself from Tracy in January and March, saying that the professor did not speak for the school. The university released a similar statement last week.

“Florida Atlantic University does not agree with Mr. Tracy’s views or opinions regarding the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C.,” FAU spokeswoman Lisa Metcalf said in an email to The Huffington Post. “We are saddened by any media stories that have added to the pain felt by the victims’ families and friends as a result of this unspeakable tragedy.”

Tracy’s blog says a newspaper article was published the day before the Navy Yard shooting.

Watch Tracy’s video on the event here.

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