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Stunning video shows moment that police engaged with Dallas courthouse shooter

Another would-be mass shooter has been killed today after he opened fire on a federal courthouse in Dallas, Texas, and his final moments were captured on camera.

It appears to be an overcast day in Dallas, according to the video, which is likely a nice reprieve from the oppressive late-spring heat of Texas. What appears to be a businesswoman can be seen hiding in a the corner of a building’s buttress, almost too terrified to even cower.  She stands still, hoping to blend in with her surroundings until the gunshots stop ringing.

A second rapport of gunfire can be heard volleying toward the shooter as he retreats into the rows of cars of the parking lot where he will be eventually incapacitated.

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The video last but a few seconds, but still provides a harrowing look into the incident.

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[Warning:  This is a raw video of the incident and contains violent imagery.]

The suspect has been identified:

The gunman, identified as Brian Isaack Clyde, was seen on video near the doors to the Earle Cabell Federal Building at about 8:50 a.m. before running across the street and into a parking lot, where he falls down.

He was brought to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Matt DeSarno, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, said. No one else was injured during the incident, police said.

Dallas police said a bomb squad was inspecting the suspect’s vehicle, and later conducted a controlled explosion of it. They said hours after the shooting that the vehicle had been rendered safe, but told people to still avoid the area.

There were several clues on his social media channels as well.

In a post from a day before the attempted shooting, Clyde posted a picture of a sword, saying that he was a “gladius” about to “defend the modern Republic.” His last post before the shooting featured a picture of his bare legs.

Clyde’s Facebook page is otherwise filled with vague warnings of an upcoming attack, conspiracy theories about the U.S. government, memes from far-right internet subcultures like 4chan, and misogynist memes.

In a video posted June 9, he warned that “the storm is coming,” a phrase frequently used by anti-government internet conspiracy theorists, and said he didn’t know how much time he had left. The video ends with Clyde saying he’s “ready,” and holding up a long gun.

The police have yet to release a possible motive for the gunman, but, given what we know about his premeditation, one can imagine that a manifesto of sorts may be discovered.

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