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- A driver rammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol Friday, killing one USCP officer and injuring another.
- The suspect, who multiple outlets have identified as Noah Green, was shot dead at the scene by an officer.
- Here’s what we know about Green.
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A car rammed into a barricade outside the US Capitol on Friday, injuring two Capitol Police officers, one of whom later died of his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle, who multiple outlets have identified as Noah Green, was shot dead by one of the officers after he “exited the car with a knife in hand” and “lunged” at the officers, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a press conference following the incident.
Authorities have yet to confirm a motive behind the incident, but Robert Contee, acting chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, said the incident “does not appear to be terrorism-related.”
The MPD will take over the investigation into the attack, Contee said.
Law enforcement sources said Green, 25, recently lived in Virginia, though NBC News and The New York Times reported that he was from Indiana. Green’s brother, Brendan Green, told The Washington Post Noah had recently lived in Botswana for a brief period but moved into his Virginia apartment two weeks ago after calling him crying and saying he needed help.
Friends and family told The Post they were worried about his mental health in recent years.
Green, who played football at Christopher Newport University, came to believe his teammates had drugged him with Xanax in 2019, which one former teammate told The Post was widely believed to be untrue.
Green’s brother told The Post his brother experienced symptoms, whether from drugs or mental illness, that included “hallucinations, heart palpitations, headaches, and suicidal thoughts,” as well as paranoia.
While living in Botswana, Green told his brother that “his mind was telling him to basically commit suicide” and that he had jumped in front of a car, The Post reported.
Green made several posts on his now-deleted Facebook page detailing his personal struggles in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Times reported.
“To be honest, these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher,” he wrote. “I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed, after I left my job, partly due to afflictions.”
Green made Facebook posts about the “end times” and the anti-Christ, according to The Times. In a March 17 post, he warned of the “last days of our world as we know it,” NBC News reported.
Weeks before Friday’s attack, Green said on social media that he thought the government was using “mind control” on him, CNN reported.
“The U.S. Government is the #1 enemy of Black people!” Green said on his Instagram account hours before the attack, according to CNN. He also wrote last week that he had suffered “terrible afflictions,” “presumably by the CIA and FBI.”
Green also posted on social media referencing the Nation of Islam, a Black separatist movement that has been designated a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Green shared videos and speeches from the movement’s current leader, Louis Farrakhan, whom the SPLC described as “an antisemite who routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the US government and controlling the levers of world power.” Green’s final Facebook post was on March 21, in which he posted a YouTube video titled “the crucifixion of Michael Jackson” featuring a 150-minute speech by Farrakhan.To view this content, you’ll need to update your privacy settings.Please click here to do so.
Social media accounts belonging to Green were suspended by Facebook following the attack because they fell under the company’s “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy,” The Hill reported.
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