The FBI had an open investigation on the leader of a black nationalist group who shot a Dallas paramedic on Monday and killed another man. Derick Lamont Brown was under investigation for his ties to the New Black Panther Party and an associated group, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, NBC DFW reports.
Dallas police say Brown killed his 67-year-old roommate and shot a neighbor Monday morning. He shot a paramedic responding to the scene of the shooting and then opened fire on police as they arrived. A police robot found Brown and his roommate dead inside their home.
Brown, who went by the name Brotha DK, was on the FBI’s radar, a spokesman for the bureau told NBC DFW.
Brown was a national defense minister with the New Black Panther Party as well as a member of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, which was founded in the Dallas area in 2014.
Babu Omowale, the founder of the gun club, posted pictures he recently took with Brown. Some of the pictures show the men, who have felonies on their criminal records, attending open-carry rallies. The photos raise questions about how they were allowed to legally carry weapons. It also raises questions about why the FBI did not take action against Brown.
The gun club and Omowale were in the news last year after former Army private Micah X. Johnson killed four Dallas police officers and a DART officer during a Black Lives Matter protest. Johnson “liked” the gun club’s Facebook page on the social media website. Following that shooting, it was reported that the FBI was investigating the group.
“He wasn’t a stranger to us,” Omowale told Reuters last year of the 25-year-old Johnson.
Of Brown, Omowale says that he does not believe Brown’s involvement with the paramilitary groups is tied to Monday’s shootings.
Omawale told NBC DFW that Brown was “so passionate towards life.”
“As long as I have known him have never known him to start an altercation. Now, if you started one with him, he would defend himself to the end, so that’s why I am trying to say let the facts come out,” he added.
As The Daily Caller reported following Johnson’s shooting, Omowale and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club are vehemently anti-police.
“I’m never doing another open carry fuck that next time I bring my guns out it will be all out war,” Omowale said after being arrested last year in Baton Rouge during a protest over the police shooting of Alton Sterling.
Johnson killed the Dallas police officers to get revenge for the Sterling shooting.
During an open carry protest filmed by Alex Jones’ InfoWars, Huey P. Newton Gun Club members were seen chanting various anti-police slogans, including “Oink, oink; bang, bang” and “the only good pig is a pig that’s dead.”