As we continue to thank doctors, nurses, first responders, volunteers, and others fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, a special big "thank you" goes to the FBI today.
The FBI has confirmed that its field agents have killed a terror suspect plotting to bomb a hospital.
The alleged terrorist was 36-year-old Timothy Wilson.
The FBI claims that Wilson was a potentially violent extremist with strong anti-government views. There is also evidence that shows he was a racist and anti-religiou.
While hospitals are beginning to flood with patients suffering from the novel coronavirus, Wilson wanted to make a political statement.
Fortunately, the FBI was able to catch him in the process of making a bomb.
More details below:
There are numerous claims that Wilson was a member of the National Socialist Movement.
The FBI didn't intend to kill him.
They were attempting to arrest him in Kansas City, Missouri.
Wilson was approached by FBI agents as he was picking up materials to build an explosive to bomb a Missouri hospital.
It is believed that Wilson was going to use his car as a bombing device.
Kansas City's local Fox 4 was the first to report the foiled terror plot:
The FBI says a man who was shot and killed by an agent Tuesday was planning to bomb a hospital.
On March 24, the FBI said one of their agents was involved in a shooting that left one man dead in the 100th block of Wilbur Parish Circle in Belton.
The FBI now says the man who died in the shooting was 36-year-old Timothy Wilson. The incident occurred when agents tried to arrest Wilson, who was armed at the time.
According to the FBI, Wilson was the subject of a domestic terrorism investigation and that the investigation revealed that he was a potentially violent extremist who was motivated by racial, religious and anti-government sentiments.
After the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent social distancing efforts implemented by local governments, Wilson "decided to accelerate his plan to use a vehicle-born improvised explosive device in an attempt to cause severe harm and mass casualties," according to a press release from the FBI.
Wilson decided on bombing an area hospital and had taken steps to get the materials needed to build the explosive device. The FBI did not name the hospital that Wilson intended to target.
According to FBI officials, Wilson had considered multiple targets to make a political statement.
However, because of the constant media coverage around coronavirus, Wilson believed that a hospital would get the most attention.
The FBI has not named which hospital Wilson was targeting.
More details on how he was killed below:
The FBI was attempting to arrest Wilson outside of Kansas City.
He showed up armed with a gun to pick up explosive devices that he was hoping to use on a local hospital.
ABC has more specifics on the altercation:
Wilson was killed Tuesday when he allegedly showed up armed to pick up an inert explosive device supplied by authorities. He was injured and taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
It is unclear whether the suspect killed himself or he was shot by authorities.
According to the FBI, Wilson sped up the plan to use his car as a bombing device "in an attempt to cause severe harm and mass casualties" during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Wilson considered various targets and ultimately settled on an area hospital in an attempt to harm many people, targeting a facility that is providing critical medical care in today's environment," according to a statement from the FBI Kansas City Field Office. "Wilson had taken the necessary steps to acquire materials needed to build an explosive device. At all times during the investigation, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force kept close track of Wilson in order to protect public safety."
One of the suspect's early targets was a school with African American youth, according to sources.
Wilson was under investigation by the FBI for nearly 18 months.
The FBI has declined to comment further on the story.