In his social media postings as "Foss Dark," Bhide defended Rodger's actions and in a comment on June 9 said, "I live in seattle and go to UW, that's all ill give u. Ill make sure I kill only women, and many more than Elliot accomplished (sic)." That threat came at a time of heightened insecurity in Seattle as only four days earlier a gunman had attacked the Seattle Pacific University shooting dead one student and wounding two people before he was overpowered by other students. The shooter, Aaron Ybarra, had written of his hatred for everyone but his family and friends and hreatened to "kill everyone."
Bhide's case brought echoes of a 2003 case in which an Indian launched an attack at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, killing a student and wounding a professor and a researcher. A former student there, Biswanath Halder, waged a seven-hour gun battle with police before he was caught hiding in a classroom closet. At Halder's trial, his own lawyer described him as "the bizarre little man who no one befriends." He was sentenced to life in 2006 for the attack.