Johnsonâ€™s father, James Johnson, 55, said it was then that his son began thoroughly studying black history and started expressing interest in his heritage. His Facebook page, now deleted, featured photos of a â€œblack powerâ€ fist and a red, black and green Pan-African flag, both symbols of black empowerment. He also â€œlikedâ€ two groups known for race-based extremism: The New Black Panther Party and the African American Defense League.
The family members said Johnson never showed any outward signs of hatred for white people or any other racial groups. Johnsonâ€™s stepmother, Donna, is white. What he did hate was â€œinjustice,â€ Delphine Johnson said.
But Johnsonâ€™s festering anger seemed to boil over after the recent police-involved shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.
In Falcon Heights, Minnesota, a police officer fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop. Castileâ€™s girlfriend claimed he was reaching for his ID after informing the officer he was licensed to carry a gun when he was shot. In Baton Rouge, another police officer shot and killed Alton Sterling during a physical altercation.
During a Black Lives Matter protest march on July 7, Johnson opened fire on officers in downtown Dallas, killing five and wounding seven others. He said he wanted kill white cops as retribution for recent officer-involved shootings, according to police.
Following a lengthy standoff inside a parking garage, police killed Johnson using a bomb delivered by a robot early Friday morning.
The gunmanâ€™s grief-stricken father broke down in tears as he struggled to understand why his son would commit such a horrific act of violence.
â€œI donâ€™t know what to say to anybody to make anything better. I didnâ€™t see it coming,â€ Johnson said. â€œI love my son with all my heart. I hate what he did.â€
SOURCE:Â Theblaze.com, Inside Edition