The San Diego man who posted two videos online in which he practiced a mass shooting said during a jailhouse interview that the clip was “a miniature art project” and insisted he meant no harm.
Steve Andrew Homoki, 30, was arrested last week — about three months after the clips appeared on his YouTube page under the alias Stephen Anderson.
“It was a curiosity, a miniature art project for myself,” Homoki told local station KFMB-TV from behind a glass barrier at San Diego Central Jail. “Just to get into a mindset and just kind of booked a night in a hotel to relax and do something fun and different. These were supposed to be private videos, not public.”
Both videos were apparently taken at the Sofia Hotel in downtown San Diego back in March but not uploaded to YouTube until September.
In the clips, he’s shown pointing an assault rifle and a handgun out his hotel window and dry firing at unknowing passersby.
“You drop one mag, you pick up another, right?” Homoki rambled in the first clip. “Then you pick up another … Then you drop it, you drop the gun, pick up another gun.”
The second video was captioned, “Everything is fabricated for entertainment and none of these are intended for any audience. This is a private video. Shall not be published online for anyone to view and this is satire and not in any way shape or form to be taken seriously. Should children with toy guns deserve to get shot?”
Homoki repeated that reasoning in the jailhouse interview.
“Obviously, looking back, it looks like, if anyone else were to see it — it doesn’t look good,” he said. “It seems to me it got blown out of proportion.”
Homoki was busted Thursday — less than a week after investigators seized two assault-style rifles and 12 other registered firearms from his home in the Spring Valley neighborhood.
Three of them were loaded and illegally modified, according to San Diego County deputy district attorney Wendy Patrick.
He pleaded not guilty during an initial court appearance Monday and declined to address the charges, which include four weapons offenses — three felonies and one misdemeanor — as well as willful cruelty to a child, because some of the loaded weapons were easily accessible to his three children.
Superior Court Judge Joseph Brannigan set Homoki’s bail at $1 million.
He does not face charges for making the video, but Patrick urged the judge to consider Homoki’s “simulated rehearsal for a mass shooting.”
Homoki could face up to 10 years and eight months behind bars.
With Post wires
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