Man sprays bul­lets at Dal­las court­house, shot dead

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Jake Bleiberg and Jamie Stengle The As­so­ci­ated Press

An Army vet­eran wear­ing a mask and car­ry­ing more than 150 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion for his high-pow­ered ri­fle was shot dead Mon­day af­ter he opened fire out­side a busy fed­eral court­house in down­town Dal­las, au­thor­i­ties said.

In the wake of the shoot­ing, se­cu­rity guard Arthur Gen­naro

Jr. spoke to the Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal about a sim­i­lar at­tack in Las Ve­gas on Jan. 4, 2010, in which his part­ner was killed and a deputy U.S. mar­shal was in­jured.

Fed­eral officers in Dal­las killed 22-year-old Brian Isaack Clyde af­ter he ap­proached an en­trance of the Earle Ca­bell Fed­eral Build­ing and be­gan shoot­ing. Glass panes were shat­tered in a re­volv­ing door dur­ing the gun­fight, but no one else was seriously hurt.

“It’s a lot of rounds, a lot of rounds at his dis­posal, a large, pow­er­ful weapon at his dis­posal,” FBI agent Matthew Desarno said.

Clyde’s at­tack be­gan about

8:40 a.m., and three officers from the Fed­eral Pro­tec­tive Ser­vice who were sta­tioned at the build­ing con­fronted him. Desarno and other of­fi­cials praised their courage at a news con­fer­ence.

“But for the ac­tions of the Fed­eral Pro­tec­tive Ser­vice officers, this likely would have been a very deadly in­ci­dent,” Desarno said.

Of­fi­cials are still try­ing to de­ter­mine a mo­tive, but they said there was noth­ing to in­di­cate the pres­ence of any other shoot­ers or threats to the city, Desarno said.

A bomb squad ex­am­ined a ve­hi­cle as­so­ci­ated with the gun­man as a pre­cau­tion and per­formed con­trolled ex­plo­sions, au­thor­i­ties said. Two loud blasts could be heard.

The Dal­las Morn­ing News re­ported that one of its photograph­ers, Tom Fox, was out­side the build­ing and wit­nessed the shooter open fire. Fox said the masked man got out of his car and be­gan run­ning but stopped to pick up a loaded magazine he dropped on the side­walk. He then be­gan shoot­ing at the court­house.

An im­age of the shooter cap­tured by Fox shows the man wear­ing a bal­a­clava and a heavy vest and car­ry­ing a ri­fle. Mag­a­zines hold­ing 30 rounds each can be seen on his belt.

“I was just pray­ing he couldn’t see me,” Fox said in an in­ter­view aired on “NBC Nightly News.”

An­other pho­to­graph from Fox showed officers tend­ing to a shirt­less man ly­ing on the ground in a park­ing lot out­side the build­ing. The gun­man was taken to a hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead, au­thor­i­ties said.

Po­lice closed off sev­eral blocks around the fed­eral build­ing.

A woman who an­swered the phone at a num­ber listed for one of Clyde’s rel­a­tives de­clined to com­ment.

Desarno said Clyde was dis­charged from the Army in 2017.

He served as an infantryma­n from Au­gust 2015 to Fe­bru­ary 2017 and achieved the rank of pri­vate first class, ac­cord­ing to the Army.

Clyde had just grad­u­ated from a Cor­pus Christi com­mu­nity col­lege. Del Mar Col­lege said in a state­ment that Clyde had com­pleted an as­so­ciate de­gree of ap­plied sci­ence last month in non­de­struc­tive test­ing tech­nol­ogy, a field that the school’s web­site says trains tech­ni­cians to ex­am­ine ve­hi­cles and struc­tures for de­fects.

The col­lege said he was rec­og­nized as an out­stand­ing stu­dent at a cer­e­mony in April.

Chad Cline, 46, who lives near the court­house, said a mes­sage was broad­cast through­out his build­ing shortly be­fore 9 a.m. an­nounc­ing that there was an ac­tive shooter in the area and that res­i­dents should stay in­side.

Less than half an hour later, an­other mes­sage said that there was a po­ten­tial bomb threat and that res­i­dents needed to leave. He, his wife and their two dogs went to a cof­fee shop.

Re­view-jour­nal staff writer Rachel Crosby con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Tom Fox The As­so­ci­ated Press

Officers se­cure the scene af­ter a man fired shots Mon­day at a Dal­las fed­eral court­house.

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