A 36-year-old man has been killed in a confrontation with FBI agents after allegedly planning to attack a hospital in Missouri with a vehicle bomb.
The suspect, identified by authorities as Timothy Wilson was a “potentially violent extremist” with a record of expressing racial and religious hatred and anti-government sentiment, the FBI said. Officials said the man was motivated by racist and anti-government beliefs
He considered several targets, including a school with a large population of black students, a synagogue and a mosque, NBC News reports, quoting FBI officials.
He finally settled on a hospital to cause “maximum casualties”, given “the current health crisis”, the FBI said. He took “the necessary steps to acquire materials needed to build an explosive device”.
Wilson, who was armed, was fatally wounded when FBI agents tried to arrest him on Tuesday in the Missouri town of Belton as he arrived to pick up what he thought was a “vehicle-borne improvised explosive device”. “There was no actual bomb,” the FBI added
The alleged bomb plotter was “apparently frustrated with local government action to stop the spread of coronavirus”, according to NBC News.
After the confrontation he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.