The gunman who fatally shot five police officers near a protest Thursday night in Dallas said he was motivated by the Black Lives Matter movement, “wanted to kill white people” and had planted explosives around the city, authorities revealed Friday. The suspect — who CBS and the Los Angeles Times identified as 25-year-old Micah X. Johnson — acted alone and was not affiliated with any extremist group.
“He wanted to kill officers, and he expressed killing white people. He expressed killing white officers. He expressed anger for Black Lives Matter,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters at a news conference just before 9 a.m. EDT. “None of that makes sense. None of that is a legitimate reason to do harm to anyone.”
The shooter opened fire in Dallas Thursday night during a protest in honor of the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, two black men who were killed by law enforcement this week in Minnesota and Louisiana. ABC News reported there were at least two snipers involved in the attack. The gunman died in a standoff with police. Brown confirmed Friday that three other suspects were in police custody. – READ MORE