His friend is Syed Ali. An East African/Arab looking guy.https://www.instagram.com/syed_ali0816/
. Only 5 posts but 800 followers.
In Dec 2015 to Jan 2016 they were discussing weapon modifications,what guns to buy, background checks and Islam. This was on the shooters first abandoned account. He was called 08_sy_ali_ed_16 but his account was deleted so we can't see the original messages.
Then in Summer 2017, The shooter is begging Syed to contact him as they hadn't met up in 4 months. This was on the shooters second abandoned account where we saw a weapon arsenal and holographic sights.
If anyone can get into this guys profile, maybe some comments from the shooter or strange postings can be found.
Also coincidence today is Ash Wednesday an important Christian rite?