The gunman, pictured above, who was killed during the Dallas police shooting has been identified as 25-year-old U.S. Army Veteran Micah X. Johnson. Although there are three additional suspects being questioned in police custody, Johnson told police officers that he “did this alone.”
While people marched in downtown Dallas to protest the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, gunfire rang out into the streets. The shots started close to 9 p.m. and targeted police officers. Police believed the shooter had a sniper rifle and was positioned on elevated ground.
The shooting resulted in the deaths of five officers and wounded seven officers and two civilians. After the shooting, Johnson cornered himself in El Centro College. Police Chief David Brown said in a press conference that during negotiations, Johnson said that he acted alone and had no ties to terrorism.
“The suspect said he was upset about Black Lives Matter,” Brown said to media outlets, “he was upset about the recent shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
Brown also said that Johnson claimed there were bombs planted all over Dallas, but no bombs or suspicious items have been found. Brown then said that after an exchange of gunfire with Johnson, the Dallas Police Department decided to use a bomb-robot to detonate in the area where the suspect was cornered.
Police are continuing to search for and question additional suspects, just to make sure there was no other active gunman. The three suspects in police custody are not necessarily connected to the shooting.
Neighbors of Micah X. Johnson told CNN that he lived with his mother and kept to himself.