Timothy R. Wilson, the New York Times’ Adam Goldman is reporting, was killed during a shootout with FBI agents on Tuesday, March 24 in Belton, Missouri. However, Goldman notes that according to FBI officials, it is unclear “whether the man was killed by FBI agents or died by suicide” during the confrontation.
The 36-year-old Wilson had been under investigation as part of a broader FBI probe of domestic terrorism, Goldman reports, and the shootout occurred when FBI agents tried to arrest him. Although Wilson had considered other possible targets (including synagogues and mosques), he decided on a hospital.
According to research by Nick R. Martin (who reports on hate groups and extremism for his website, The Informant), Wilson “was an admirer of the 1980s terrorist group The Order and had ties to two active neo-Nazi organizations”: the National Socialist Movement (NSM) and Vorherrschaft Division (VSD).
Martin, noting that Wilson was active online using the name “Werwolfe 84,” reports, “With the help of Elon University computer science professor Megan Squire, The Informant was able to determine on Wednesday that Wilson was active in public Telegram channels for two neo-Nazi groups: the National Socialist Movement (NSM) and Vorherrschaft Division (VSD). The NSM is a decades-old neo-Nazi organization with a history of violence.”
According to Martin, “Werwolfe 84” believed that Jews were using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to attack non-Jewish whites. “Werwolfe 84” wrote, “If you don’t think this whole thing was engineered by Jews as a power grab, here is more proof of their plans. Jews have been playing the long game we are the only ones standing in their way.”
Martin notes that “Werwolfe 84” expressed his admiration for Robert Matthews, who was the leader of the white supremacist group The Order and was killed in a shootout with law enforcement in 1984. In his posts, “Werwolfe 84” referred to Matthews as “Uncle Bob.”
During the coronavirus pandemic — which, according to researchers at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, has killed more than 22,000 people worldwide and over 1000 in the U.S. alone — health care officials have been warning that there could be a critical shortage of hospital beds and life-saving medical equipment. And Wilson, according to the FBI, was planning to attack a Missouri hospital at a time when the U.S. needs all the hospital beds and all the health care workers it can get.
In an official statement, the FBI said, “Wilson considered various targets and ultimately settled on an area hospital in an attempt to harm many people — targeting a facility that is providing critical medical care in today’s environment.”
Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report
The protesters argued that it is their land after the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, which was ratified by the U.S. Senate.
The Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, was among the lands the tribes received to bring about an end to Red Cloud's War, which is also known as the Bozeman Trail War.
WATCH: Native American protesters ‘reclaimed the road’ to Donald Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore
Police in camouflage fatigues and riot gear faced off against protesters in South Dakota on Friday evening.
"More than 100 protesters gathered on a highway leading to Mount Rushmore on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech at the monument," Indian Country Today reports. "Native women in ribbon skirts created a line across the highway, behind them members of NDN Collective, a nonprofit Native advocacy organization, parked white vans across the road."
‘Trump surrenders to the virus’: White House ripped for new ‘learn to live with it’ message on COVID-19
President Donald Trump's administration was harshly criticized on Friday after a new report from NBC News.
"After several months of mixed messages on the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is settling on a new one: Learn to live with it," reported Carol Lee, Kristen Welker and Monica Alba.
"Administration officials are planning to intensify what they hope is a sharper, and less conflicting, message of the pandemic next week, according to senior administration officials, after struggling to offer clear directives amid a crippling surge in cases across the country. On Thursday, the United States reported more than 55,000 new cases of coronavirus and infection rates were hitting new records in multiple states," NBC News reported.