A police officer was killed and two others seriously injured after a suspect opened fire for no reason at all on a busy street in Fargo, North Dakota on Friday.
The suspect who died was identified on Saturday as 37-year-old Mohamad Barakat.
Police are confused and do not know the motive for the fatal shooting.
According to reports, Mohamad Barakat started shooting on a busy street in a broad daylight ambush on Friday afternoon.
Fargo police immediately started exchanging fire with Mohamad Barakat.
Jake Wallin, a 23 year old rookie officer was shot dead.
Officers Andrew Dotas and Tyler Hawes were seriously injured by the gunfire.
Officer Zach Robinson shot dead Mohamad Barakat.
A 25 year old woman was also shot and seriously injured.
“This was a heinous and unthinkable act of aggression against our officers and against our community,” Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski said in a press conference on Saturday. “Such behavior is clearly unbearable.”
North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley was tight-lipped about the investigation into the shooting and did not provide any details.
CBS News reported:
A police officer was killed and two others seriously injured after a suspect opened fire on a busy street in Fargo, North Dakota, on Friday afternoon, police said.
The Fargo police officer who returned fire killed the suspect in the shooting that occurred just before 3:00 p.m. Friday.
The suspect was identified as 37-year-old Mohamad Barakat from Fargo. He died after being taken to hospital, police said.
In a press conference Saturday, Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski said the suspect opened fire for no known reason at all.
North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley said the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation is working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement in responding to “shooting incidents” but did not provide details.
“We sincerely ask for your patience and our community’s patience and understanding as the Fargo Police Department deals with this incident,” Schildberger said late Friday.
“This is very difficult for all of us,” said Schildberger. “We appreciate all the messages the community has given us to support our officers.”
Witnesses said a man opened fire on a police officer before another officer shot him. Shortly thereafter, officers gathered in a residential area about 2 miles away and evacuated residents while gathering what they said was evidence regarding the shooting.
Fargo Police on Saturday updated the public on the fatal police shooting: