Timothy Wilson, 36, was killed in a shootout with FBI agents near Kansas City after agents in the joint terrorism task force tried to arrest him. Wilson was the subject of a domestic terrorism investigation, officials said in a statement.
FBI officials said he was a potentially violent extremist, wanted to commit an act of terrorism, and considered several targets including a school, a synagogue, and a mosque. He was “motivated by racial, religious, and anti-government animus,” the FBI said.
As the CCP virus pandemic escalated, FBI officials said Wilson sought to accelerate his plans to carry out a bombing.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide.
“With the current health crisis, Wilson decided to accelerate his plan to use a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in an attempt to cause severe harm and mass casualties,” the FBI said in a statement.
Wilson settled on an area hospital, which was not identified. But the FBI noted that the facility is currently “providing critical medical care in today’s environment,” most likely referring to the viral pandemic.
Federal law enforcement authorities said Wilson had taken the necessary steps to acquire the materials needed to build a bomb. The vehicle that Wilson was slated to pick up had no actual bomb, according to the FBI, which had undercover agents in contact with him the entire time.
Officials then attempted to arrest him, leading to the shootout. Wilson was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.