Meet Sam Hyde: The man behind the ‘lone mass shooter’ meme

In the wake of recent mass shootings in the US, one man’s image begins to circulate on social media time and time again as the alleged source of the latest violence.

Despite the suspect’s true identity being revealed repeatedly, Sam Hyde continues to be painted as the ‘lone mass shooter,’ thanks to a bizarre, long-running trolling exercise dating back to 2015. Despite the number of times Hyde has appeared as the shooter, his image continues to be shared in the aftermath of each new attack, with many unaware that the person whose image they’re sharing has already been erroneously linked to countless shootings.