2019 Dallas Courthouse shooting

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2019 Dallas Courthouse shooting
Dallas is located in Texas
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Dallas is located in the United States
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Attack type
shooting
WeaponsAR-15 style rifle (Del-Ton Echo 316L)
Deaths1 (the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
1
PerpetratorsBryan Isaack Clyde

On June 17, 2019, a shooting occurred at the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse in Dallas, Texas, United States. No law enforcement officers or civilians were injured in the shooting, though one person sustained a superficial injury when she was taking cover. The shooter, Bryan Isaack Clyde (whose name was initially reported in many outlets as Brian Isaac Clyde), was confronted by three officers from the Federal Protective Service.[1] Following an exchange of gunfire, in which Clyde was shot by one or more federal officers, he was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) from the courthouse,[2] and pronounced deceased.[3] He was 22 years old.[4]

Background[edit]

Clyde was a private first class in the US Army, and was honorably discharged[5] after serving as an infantryman from August 2015 to February 2017.[6] According to The Dallas Morning News, he was stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.[6] He was not deployed to a war zone during his time in the military.[5]

At the time of the shooting, Clyde had recently graduated from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an associate's degree in applied science in nondestructive testing technology.[6][7]

Although Clyde had not been of "investigative interest" to the FBI, his half-brother had contacted the FBI 3 years before the shooting, alleging that Clyde was suicidal and had a fascination with guns. The FBI did not follow up on the tip because there was no specific threat specified.[8] Investigations into his social media history are ongoing.[6][9]

Shooting[edit]

Photojournalist Tom Fox, who works for The Dallas Morning News, was at the courthouse on assignment to take pictures of a defendant in a charter school fraud case when the shooting started; he was able to capture photos of the suspect through a telephoto zoom lens before taking cover behind a pillar.[10] He took additional photos of the scene after the suspect had been shot by law enforcement officers.[11]

Clyde was carrying more than 150 rounds of ammunition.[5] Federal officers shot and killed him before he entered the courthouse, and authorities later detonated his vehicle.[1][12] He was pronounced deceased at Baylor University Medical Center.

Motivation[edit]

The shooter appears to have self-radicalized online,[13] posting memes from an incel subculture that appeals men who feel lonely and alienated, and, ultimately, getting "sucked into a hateful vortex that tells them that their lives are only valuable if they go out bringing death" to others.[14][15][16][17]

The shooter had uploaded extremist far right memes including ideas about the Confederacy and Nazism.[18][14][16] Some of his posts were transphobic and othrs were anti-feminist.[18] In April 2019 he posted a meme suggesting that combining eco-friendly and libertarian ideas with into far-right authoritarianism, symbolized by what the Daily Beast describes as "a green flag with a Nazi swastika in the middle" could be the "solution to all of our nation’s political problems."[18]

The shooter's family believes that it was a case of suicide by cop.[19]

Impact[edit]

A Maryland Air Force base was inspired by the Dallas shooting to initiate a program teaching personnel to recognize the warning signs that "introverted, sexless individuals" may be drawn to the "incel" online subculture.[15][20][17]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Associated Press (2019-06-17). "Masked Gunman Killed in Shootout at Dallas Courthouse". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  2. "Earle Cabell Federal Building to Baylor University Medical Center". Earle Cabell Federal Building to Baylor University Medical Center. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  3. "FBI looking into suspected Dallas gunman's military and social media history". CNN. June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  4. Burk, Jarred (17 June 2019). "UPDATE: FBI identifies Dallas federal building shooter". KSWO. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Associated Press (19 June 2019). "Dallas courthouse shooter honorably discharged from Army". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Branham, Dana; Jaramillo, Cassandra (2019-06-17). "What we know about Brian Clyde, the gunman who opened fire at the federal courthouse in downtown Dallas". Dallas News. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  7. "The Latest: Man who fired at Texas courthouse just graduated". San Antonio Express-News. 2019-06-17. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  8. Bleiberg, Jake (19 June 2019). "FBI got tip about Dallas courthouse shooter in 2016 while he was in the Army". Army Times. AP. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  9. "SUSPECT WHO OPENED FIRE AT A COURTHOUSE IN DALLAS MONDAY MORNING KILLED BY POLICE". KOOC. June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  10. Chokshi, Niraj (2019-06-18). "How a Dallas Photojournalist Captured an Image of a Gunman Mid-Attack". New York Times. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  11. Chokshi, Niraj (2019-06-18). "How a Dallas Photojournalist Captured an Image of a Gunman Mid-Attack". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  12. Weiss, Debra Cassens (17 June 2019). "Officers kill gunman firing on Dallas federal courthouse; news photographer snaps photos". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  13. Krause, Kevin (22 June 2019). "Dallas' 'lone wolf' shooting shows how we're always in danger, even with improved security". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Solomon, Dan (20 June 2019). "How Did the Dallas Courthouse Gunman Get Radicalized?". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Brumfeild, Loyd (22 June 2019). "Inspired by Dallas courthouse shooter, Air Force base circulates 'incel' warning signs". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Martelle, Scott (18 June 2009). "A Thwarted Dallas Shooting goes Viral". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Perez, Chris (21 June 2019). "Air Force warns about nationwide threat of 'involuntary celibates'". New York Post. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Weill, Kelly; Glawe, Justin (17 June 2019). "Dallas Federal Building Shooter Posted Far-Right Memes About Nazis and Confederacy". Daily Beast. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  19. Tarrant, Daniel; Emily, Jennifer (19 June 2019). "Family of Dallas courthouse shooter Brian Clyde believes he wanted to be killed". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  20. Bleiberg, Jake (20 June 2019). "FBI got tip about Dallas courthouse shooter in 2016 while he was in the Army". Army Times. AP. Retrieved 30 June 2019.


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