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FBI Warned in 2016 about Gunman at Federal Courthouse in Dallas

Brian Clyde via Facebook

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI was warned in July 2016 about the man who opened fire outside of a federal courthouse in Dallas before being shot to death by law enforcement.

Brian Clyde’s half-brother told the FBI that his sibling should not be permitted to buy a gun because of his obsession with firearms and suicidal thoughts, their mother said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Clyde’s family also said he was placed in a mental institution but was still able to buy a rifle.

Clyde was fatally shot after opening fire with an AR-15-style rifle at the Earle Cabell Federal Building.

The FBI confirmed the half-brother’s call but insisted there was little they could do.

“The information provided did not contain any specific threat, and no investigation was conducted,” the FBI wrote in a statement.

At the time, the FBI said, the bureau had no legal cause to investigate.

Clyde had no history of violence. His family believed his goal was to get killed.

FBI Warned Garland Police about Shooter Just 3 Hours Before Violence Unfolded

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned Garland police that one of the two gunmen who would open fire outside a cartoon contest to draw Prophet Muhammad in Texas may be targeting the event just hours before the shooting, The New York Times reports. 

“We developed information just hours before the event that Simpson might be interested in going to Garland,” FBI Director James Comey told reporters.

Comey was referring to Elton Simpson, 30, who opened fire with Nadir Soofi, 34.

The FBI had investigated Simpson in the past and reopened the investigation in March flowing tweets about ISIS.

Even before the warning about Simpson, the FBI notified local officials that the cartoon even may be targeted by terrorists.

Garland Gunman at Muhammad Cartoon Drawing Was Convicted of Lying to FBI in Past

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the two gunmen who opened fire at a contest involving cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammad was previously under investigation by the FBI, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In fact, Elton Simpson was convicted of lying to the FBI after prosecutors alleged he planned to join Islamic militant groups in Africa.

According to the FBI, an informant recorded conversations between Simpson and several associates in 2009 about his desire to join Islamic militant groups.

“It’s time to go to Somalia, brother,” he said in one taped conversation with associates, in May 2009, according to the filings. “We gonna make it to the battlefield,” he added. “Its time to roll.”

Both shooters were killed.

Authorities identified the other alleged shooter as Nadir Soofi.

FBI Urged to Help Investigate Gunman Targeting Vehicles in Metro Kansas City

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local authorities are urging the FBI to help investigate at least 13 cases of cars in and around Kansas City being targeted by a shooter.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte met with the FBI about the mysterious shootings, which have injured three people so far, Time reports.

“Some of the people didn’t realize they were being shot at, so when the incidents were reported they were taken down as possible property damage,” Capt. Tye Grant told the AP.

Although the incidents occurred in similar locations, timing and circumstances, authorities still have not been able to connect the dots between the shootings with physical evidence.

FBI Probes Source of Weapons Used by Gunman Who Killed 5 in Santa Monica

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

One big mystery behind the gunman who killed five people in Santa Monica is how he got his weapons.

Federal authorities recovered two weapons from John Zawahri – a semiautomatic rifle and an old “black-powder handgun,” The Los Angeles Times reports.

Authorities also are trying determine how he amassed a large collection of ammunition.

“We’ve been at his house, going through his computer too,” said the official, who requested anonymity because the case was ongoing.

The L.A. Times reported that Zawahri has a history of mental illness.