Dallas Police Shooting Murder Weapon Reports

   Yesterday the main stream media was reporting that Micah Xavier Johnson, the Dallas shooting suspect, acted alone. It was reported widely that he used an SKS rifle, as pictured here:

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The SKS uses a built in 10 round built-in clip that must be manually reloaded by hand. This rifle has Russian origins and uses  7.62×39mm rounds. It has a reputation of being reliable and accurate, and economically priced. This rifle can be modified to accept AK-47 clips of just about any size. The media narrative was that it was a stock "antique" version of this rifle. The information was provided by the Dallas police department.

    When a crime scene is being investigated, bullets and casings are collected and marked. Police officers and detectives are highly trained when it comes to firearms. Many law enforcement officers are also veterans and often times they are firearms enthusiasts as well. Why do I bring this up? I am writing about this today because crime scene photos of the suspect and the weapon used have now been leaked.

AK-74

AK-74

The rifle pictured here is an AK-74. The AK-74 is also a firearm of Russian origin. There are major differences between these two rifles, the biggest being the type of rounds, or bullets the rifles use. The AK-74 takes a  5.45×39mm round, which is completely different than the SKS. The difference in the two rounds would be easily detected by someone with firearm knowledge. 

Bullet Comparisons

Bullet Comparisons

As you can see, there are very visible differences between these two rounds. But why is this important? Yesterday, the Dallas Police Department released information stating that the weapon was an SKS. I find it hard to believe that it was a "mistake" or "incorrect reporting." I still firmly believe that there were multiple shooters based on the original reports coming out of DPD, and the chatter on police scanners as the event unfolded.

    The crime scene investigation would have quickly ruled out the use of an SKS. As you can see in the final image, plenty of casings/bullets were found. The markers shown below are used to catalog the location of the bullets and shell casings. Even if you have no experience with firearms, you can easily discern the difference between these rounds. Would highly trained police detectives be easily confused? I do not think so. I believe this is further evidence showing that the shooter did not act alone. I understand that this is circumstantial, but I also think that it is very telling. The official narrative of a lone wolf gunman just doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

Evidence markers during the crime scene investigation

Evidence markers during the crime scene investigation