Bodycam video captures takedown of Syrian asylum seeker about to commit shooting spree at a street fair
Recently released graphic body camera footage showed a 37-year-old gunman open firing on Fargo police, killing a rookie cop who’d only been on the job for three months and critically injuring two others. The gunman was shot dead by 32-year-old Officer Zach Robinson, ending the nearly two-minute assault.
On July 14, Mohamad Barakat, a Syrian asylum seeker, parked his car in Fargo, North Dakota, near two vehicles that crashed on a busy road. When the cops arrived to respond to the crash, he seized his moment, opening fire.
The police said that Barakat was armed with 1800 rounds of ammunition, multiple firearms, tactical gear, a grenade, three canisters of gasoline and two propane tanks filled with Tannerite, which is a highly explosive material. He had enough explosives to obliterate a crowd in what would have been a catastrophic domestic terrorist attack had it not been thwarted.
NEW — Body camera footage shows a gunman opening a “barrage” of gunfire on North Dakota police as they responded to a routine crash before one officer ended the nearly 2-minute assault.
Mohamad Barakat, armed with 1800 rounds of ammunition, multiple firearms, tactical gear, a… pic.twitter.com/MkwRzjHql8
— KanekoaTheGreat (@KanekoaTheGreat) August 19, 2023
Barakat suddenly ambushed police officers, tragically killing 23-year-old Officer Jake Wallin and injuring his colleagues, 22-year-old Tyler Hawes and 28-year-old Andrew Dotas. Robinson can be heard yelling in the footage: “Shots fired! We’ve got three officers down. Send everybody.”
Wallin was shot first. He was taking his weapon out of its holster and was a nanosecond away from firing his own gun when he was fatally injured. Dotas was then hit with multiple rounds and struggled to his feet at one point but went back down, North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley said during a press conference where the state officials released Robinson’s bodycam footage.
Hawes also was hit multiple times, shot through his right arm, and unable to stand up to walk, but crawled to Dotas’ side, “to be at his side, to be holding his hand, to be calling his name, to be willing him to live,” Wrigley said. The July 14 dated video showed the three officers lying motionless on the ground as Robinson nears Barakat’s vehicle.
Barakat also shot a woman fleeing the scene before he was exterminated by Robinson, who shot Barakat 31 times in total. The gunman somehow survived the majority of the shots and continued to reach for his weapon before eventually being taken out.
According to an X post of @KanekoaTheGreat, authorities believe Barakat’s ambush was the prelude to a larger attack that day, with a potential target of the Downtown Fargo Street Fair attended by thousands. The day before the shooting, he Googled “area events where there are crowds” which led him to an article about the Downtown Fargo Street Fair, which was taking place on the same day. His search history also included “explosive ammo,” “incendiary rounds” and “mass shooting events.”
Barakat moved to the U.S. in 2012 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2019. Before the incident, his only crime or infraction was a speeding ticket.
The shooting investigation remains active and is “proceeding to its logical conclusion,” Wrigley said.
A news-worthy incident that received crickets from MSM
How could such a harrowing incident be missed by mainstream media? People are wondering why they didn’t hear about the ambush and subsequent shooting of Barakat when it took place.
“Unreal,” said Frontlines reporter Kalen D’Almeida. “Evidently, a month ago there was a Syrian terrorist in Fargo, North Dakota shooting cops. Wild that there isn’t anyone involved in MSM coming forward about being roadblocked from reporting on this story. Why is that?”
Wild that there isn’t anyone involved in MSM coming forward about being roadblocked from reporting on this story. Why is that?
— Kalen D’Almeida (@fromkalen) August 18, 2023
If not for the press conference, the dramatic video of the shooting would not have been released when the gunman’s behavior had already caught the attention of authorities in the past.
In a report provided to the Associated Press by the City of Fargo Fire Department, Battalion Chief Jason Ness noted what appeared to be “a significant amount of gun ammunition,” “multiple ‘assault style’ rifles,” a 20-pound propane cylinder in a bedroom, a second smaller propane cylinder in the kitchen, and “a funnel, blender and other items that looked to be for measuring purposes,” according to the outlet.
The police were notified, but all the guns were determined to be legally owned.
And last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Fargo Police Department revealed that the intel agency had “received an anonymous tip about Barakat in July 2021 in which concerns were expressed about his mental state, that he had access to a ‘significant number of firearms’ and that he had used threatening language,” AP reported. When the Fargo police visited Barakat, he “denied any ill-intentions.”
According to Wrigley, there was a ‘suggestion’ the gunman may have been on an FBI Guardian list but the FBI has not yet confirmed that he was on it. (Related: Antifa terrorist shot, killed by Georgia police after wounding officer, proving again the violent left is the biggest threat to America.)
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