Initial reports from the Dallas shooting described multiple snipers with AR-15s.  CBS news later reported that the terrorist in Dallas used an antique, the SKS.  Based on the image below, it now appears that the shooter used a modified Saiga IZ-240 5.45mm rifle. I will not mention his name.

These Police officers gave their lives in Dallas:

  • Officer Brent Thompson -Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens -Dallas Police Department
  • Police Officer Michael Krol -Dallas Police Department
  • Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith   -Dallas Police Department
  • Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa -Dallas Police Department

Details have emerged about the shooter.  He was a member of the Army Reserve for six years starting in 2009 and received basic combat and marksmanship training.  He served in Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014, assigned to the 420th Engineer Brigade as a carpentry and masonry specialist. There are reports that he was sent home from Afghanistan in 2014 charged with sexual harassment. He later received an honorable discharge.

He attended civilian shooting training at the Academy of Combative Warrior Arts in the Dallas suburb of Richardson. A spokesman for the New Black Panther party confirmed that the shooter was member for about 6 months. He left the group after he displayed reluctance to follow the chain of command.