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Current: An American army veteran has been identified as a – lone – gunman in the Thursday Dallas police shooting. Dallas Mayor Rawlings confirmed today what law enforcement officials had told NBC News earlier, Micah Xavier Johnson was the lone gunman in the rampage.
The killer – Micah Xavier Johnson was the man reported as being killed by an explosive device attached to a robot after talks broke down.
“He was laughing and singing and not at all anxious during the standoff,: a source told police.
The investigation into Johnson’s attack is still ongoing, and much remains is still unknown. But a picture is beginning to emerge of what went on inside the standoff — a source tells NBC Investigates that the 25-year-old was wounded by gunfire before being killed by a robot outfitted with a bomb — and how he prepared for the deadly assault.
“This was a mobile shooter that had written manifestos on how to shoot and move, shoot and move, and he did that. He did his damage,” Mayor Rawlings said.
Officials told NBC News the investigation so far has yielded no additional suspects that may have played a role in the shooting. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that there is no information about additional co-conspirators, but if any are found, they will be brought to justice.
Sources tell NBC News they have found no ties between Johnson and any extremist groups so far. [01 a] (End update).
Five police officers were killed and seven others injured when snipers opened fire late Thursday during a protest against two fatal shootings of black men at the hands of police. Two civilians were also wounded. Three suspects are in custody, while a fourth was killed by a police-detonated explosive.
Yesterday hundreds of people had gathered peacefully in Dallas to protest police shootings of two black men this week, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, said the Dallas Police Department.
Gunfire began as at least two snipers fired on police from elevated positions.
Dallas Police said at a news conference that three suspects — two men and a woman — were in custody.
The two men were taken in after one of them was seen carrying a camouflage bag and walking quickly down Lamar Street in downtown Dallas. The individual then threw the bag in the back of a Mercedes and sped off. Police followed the vehicle and performed a traffic stop.
The woman was taken into custody in the vicinity of nearby, El Centro parking garage.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told ABC News that the three other suspects remain in custody and police are still investigating. 
“When people say black lives matter, that doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter, it means all lives matter,” Obama said. “But the data shows that black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents.“
“The incident shocked the nation and added a tragic new dimension to the debate over police brutality,” said Jordan Fabian in The Hill. 
The killing of five Dallas police officers in a sniper attack Thursday, which appeared to be racially motivated, is adding uncertainty to the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
The mayhem in Dallas in which seven officers were also wounded closely followed two high-profile killings of black men by police.
Today Jordan Fabian and Amie Parnes wrote in their article for The Hill – Clinton, Trump Search For Right Words After Dallas Shooting:
“The violence has sparked a nationwide mix of anger and sorrow, as well as fear of what is to come, forcing Clinton, Trump and their surrogates to grapple with finding the right tone in what has been a markedly negative campaign.In a telling sequence of events reflecting the tragedies of the past two days, Clinton and her aides twice rewrote a speech she was intended to give on Friday, where Vice President Biden was initially expected to appear for his first campaign event with the likely Democratic nominee in his hometown of Scranton, Pa.
“Clinton’s speech was first retooled so that she could address the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, according to a campaign aide. The speech was then redrafted again after the events in Dallas.
“On Friday, the Scranton speech and the event with Biden were scrapped, but Clinton is expected to speak about the events at a historically African-American church in Philadelphia Friday evening. It’s an appropriate setting, her allies say, to discuss the current tensions the nation faces.
“Trump canceled a Miami event, which doubled as a tryout opportunity for potential running mate Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor.
“The likely GOP nominee also released a statement that was notable because it decried both the violence in Dallas and the killings of Sterling and Castile.
“It called the Dallas shootings a “coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.” And he said the “senseless, tragic deaths” of Sterling and Castile “reminds us how much more needs to be done.”
“At the same time, an error in Trump’s statement suggested it was done hurriedly. He referred to the two slain black men as motorists, though only one was in a car at the time of the shooting.
“Trump’s tone came as a surprise to many, given that he blamed last month’s Orlando nightclub shooting on President Obama and called for his resignation. It was a damaging political misstep for the GOP standard bearer; polls showed a majority of Americans disapproved of his response to the Orlando attack.
“This time he followed the traditional political playbook, so much so that his rhetoric about this week’s violence mirrored Obama’s and Clinton’s.
“It suggested both campaigns will suspend their political attacks as the nation mourns the fallen police officers.
““In the immediate aftermath you want to be as calm and thoughtful as can be,” said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak, who also writes for The Hill’s Contributors blog. “There’s not a lot of upside of doing otherwise. There are only downsides.”
“While both candidates have so far tread carefully, they’ll be forced to confront divisive topics such as gun laws, racial bias in law enforcement and the Black Lives Matter movement in the coming days and weeks.
““You cringe at considering the political ramifications of tragedy, but moments like this do have a focusing effect for voters,” said Democratic strategist David Wade, a former chief of staff to Secretary of State John Kerry.
“Trump’s temperament and judgment will once again enter the spotlight, as he’s certain to face questions about whether he’s equipped to deal with national tragedies as president.
““These tend to be presidential moments where character counts and unserious candidates fall apart,” said Wade. “[Voters] will be looking for a steady leader, and Clinton occupies that space. Trump’s the kind of candidate who reflects the red hot irrational anger that sometimes boils over in tragedy, Clinton’s the president who can help heal after tragedy. It’s a big difference.”
“But Clinton could also struggle with a divided electorate that’s upset with the seemingly endless string of violence that has plagued Obama’s presidency.
““Trump has benefitted from the enormous anxiety people are feeling,” said Mackowiak. “Hillary is a status quo candidate running for Obama’s third term, she’s not calling for any kind of major change. She’s working along the margins.”
“The debate over how to address gun violence again reared its head in the hours following the Dallas shooting.
“Obama’s initial response, made in the early morning hours in Warsaw, Poland, generally earned bipartisan praise. But some Republicans took objection to his assertion that the nation’s gun laws may have contributed to the killings.
““We also know when people are armed with powerful weapons. Unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic,” the president said. “In the days ahead, we will have to consider those realities as well.”
“Former presidential candidate and Trump surrogate Ben Carson blasted those comments during a Friday morning interview on Fox News.
““I guess the real issue is, you know, the president’s gonna start saying, ‘See? Gun control,’ ” he said.
“While some Republicans argue that fault lines over race and guns will persist under Clinton’s watch, some Democrats don’t see that being a problem for her campaign.
““On issues of race, in some ways she’ll have it easier and she’ll be able to say things without the immediate assumption” Obama faced as a black president, said Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons.
“While many voters have been drawn to Trump’s bumper-sticker slogan of “Make America Great Again” particularly in times of turmoil, Simmons said that the presumptive Republican nominee’s intention is to “bring people back to the Ozzie and Harriet era,” implying that could further turn off young people and nonwhite voters.” .
On Monday, real estate mogul turned presidential candidate, Donald Trump set people’s heads spinning when he proposed to ban all Muslims, (including tourists) from entering the United States, “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
In case you missed it, Donald Trump graced the Fox News Channel on Monday, appearing ‘On the Record’.
The highlight of the show had to be when Trump stated that he is in favour of shutting down any Muslims from entering the US, and he proceeded to criticize President Obama’s speech from the previous evening, calling it “one of the most ridiculous speeches I’ve ever seen.”
When asked about Muslim members of the US military who are overseas, Trump replied, “They’ll come home and we have to be vigilant, and we have take care of the Muslims that are living here, but we have to be vigilant. We had two of them living here, and they had guns, and everybody that – they had tremendous, they had bombs. They had ammunition. everybody knew that something bad was going to happen, and for the sake of political correctness, or anything you want to call it, they refused – people that knew what was going on, refused to report these people, and many people died. So, we can’t allow this to happen.”
Of course Trump is attempting to backtrack and explain what he meant is not what he said, or what he said is not what he meant. I find it difficult to follow the Trump thought process. Either way, Trump made his way back to Fox News last night to explain “why” he wants to ban all Muslims from entering the USA.
In the Breitbart London, journalist Joel Pollak said, “Ben Rhodes, a failed creative writer who managed to become a White House deputy national security adviser despite having no national security credentials whatsoever (I want to know what happened in that vetting process), told Wolf Blitzer on CNN that Trump’s idea would violate the Bill of Rights.”
Unfortunately it would not, because Trump’s proposed policy would apply to Muslim immigration, and visitors, not existing citizens, according to the statement his campaign manager made in the Associated Press. The US already shamelessly subjects refugees to a ‘religious test‘. Perhaps a gold star is not that far-fetched.
So, has Donald Trump jumped the proverbial shark? I just checked the latest CNN polls, and apparently – not yet. Trump is still leader of the pack.
Trump tells Barbara Walters, ‘I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to ISIS‘.
Donald Trump said he’s clearly shown that he’s got what it takes to be commander in chief, declaring on Tuesday, “I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to ISIS.”
In an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters that aired Tuesday night, Trump refused to back down from his controversial proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., despite intense blow-back from the White House and many of his GOP rivals.
“We have to do the right thing; somebody in this country has to say what’s right,” Trump said in defending his stance. And when asked by Walters whether he’s a bigot, Trump firmly said he’s not, “probably the least of anybody you’ve ever met.” 
And having typed that last paragraph, I now drop the mic, and exit stage left.
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