As America faced up on Good Friday to a fresh attack on the heart of its democracy, a man who was shot dead by police was identified as a supporter of the controversial Nation of Islam movement.
Noah Green, 25, who may have been living in Virginia, described himself as a “Follower of Farrakhan” on his Facebook page, in reference to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Green, who is believed to be from Indiana originally, was first identified as the suspect in the attack by NBC.
According to his Facebook account, which has since been removed, Green seemed to have been struggling with some issues in recent weeks.
“I was on the right track and everything I had planned was coming into existence. It required long hours, lots of studying, and exercise to keep me balanced while experiencing an array of concerning symptoms along the path (I believe to be side effects of drugs I was intaking unknowingly),” he wrote on March 17, signing the message Brother Noah X.
“However, the path has been thwarted, as Allah (God) has chosen me for other things. Throughout life I have set goals, attained them, set higher ones, and then been required to sacrifice those things,” he continued.
Green allegedly slammed into a fence outside the US Capitol just after 1 p.m. Friday and struck two officers before crashing into a barricade.
Green allegedly got out of the car with a knife and lunged at an officer before being fatally shot, reports say.
One of the officers, William ‘Billy’ Evans, died of his injuries at the hospital. Evans was an 18-year-veteran of the United States Capitol Police. The other officer is being treated at an area hospital.