Police are investigating a college shooting in Goldsboro, North Carolina as a possible hate crime.

Twenty-year-old Kenneth Morgan Stancil III was arrested Tuesday while sleeping on a Florida beach. He is accused of shooting 44-year-old Ron Lance, Wayne Community College's print shop director, who is gay.

Stancil was booted from a work-study program at the college in March for too many absences.

Police say Stancil entered the print shop on Monday, fired a pistol-grip shotgun once, and fled the scene on a motorcycle, which he abandoned in North Carolina. Police do not know how Stancil got to Florida.

Stancil had a knife on him when approached by police but was arrested without incident. During his first court appearance in Florida, Stancil accused Lane of abusing a relative.

“I just want you to know, I ridded one less [expletive] child molester from the [expletive] Earth,” Stancil said. “Doing time is the easy part, know what I'm saying.”

Reports on Lane's murder did not offer any evidence to substantiate Stancil's claim. An AP report quotes Stancil's mother denying the charge.

Goldsboro police Sgt. Jeremy Sutton said that police are investigating a possible connection to white supremacy.