The suspected attack on the US Capitol is described as an average joke whose mental health seems to be quickly unraveled.

Washington — The man the police say He plunged his car into the US Capitol security barrier on Friday and was fatally shot by police. After getting out of the car with a knife, mental health was a lifelong athlete who began to relate to his friends and family in the last few months.

According to law enforcement officials outlining the investigation, 25-year-old Noah Green was identified as a suspect in an attack that killed one US Capitol police officer and injured another. People who knew Green described him as quiet, athletic, and non-violent, but also told USA TODAY that he was concerned about recent changes in his behavior.

According to police, Green plunged a dark sedan into a security barrier outside the Capitol and killed 18-year-old US Capitol police officer William “Billy” Evans. After the crash, Green got out of the car with a knife and ran towards the police, ignoring their orders, police say. The policeman fired and killed him.

Robert J. Conti III, DC Metropolitan Police Chief, said Green’s attack “doesn’t look like terrorism.”

US Capitol police officers are standing near a car that crashed into a Washington Capitol Hill barrier on Friday.

US Capitol police officers are standing near a car that crashed into a Washington Capitol Hill barrier on Friday.

Conty said police are investigating to determine Green’s motives. He said Green was unknown to the DC police and the USCP and was not previously considered a threat to lawmakers.

More: William Evans, who was killed in an attack on the Capitol on Friday, was described as a “great man.”

People who went to school with Green and played sports with him described him as an average joke. I worked at exercise, popularity, and even college gyms.

They say Friday’s violence was unpleasant compared to those they knew, but Green’s recent social media activities seemed to provide clues that he had changed. Some have mentioned his growing support for the Islamic state – Southern Poverty Law Center Nominate Louis Farrakhan as an anti-Semitic radical group and its leader.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Islamic State as a group that organizes programs and events aimed at lifting African Americans. However, SPLC also states that it has a belief system of “theology of black innate dominance over whites” and “consistently rejected by mainstream Islam.”

Born in West Virginia, Green spent most of his life in a less populated area of ​​Virginia with a large family, including nine siblings. USA TODAY learned through multiple interviews. He was athletic and grew up playing basketball and soccer.

A spokesman for a school in Newport News, Virginia, told USA Today that he graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2019 and played soccer as a defensive back. On the team’s biography page, Green said he majored in business and “the historical figure he most wants to meet is Malcolm X.”

Andre Tran, the captain of the football team at the time, said Green was a “really quiet man,” sometimes joking, but usually just smiling rather than listening to the conversation.

Toran, a Courier-Journal reporter in Louisville, Kentucky, who is part of the USA TODAY network, said:

Tolan said Green’s mental state became a concern among their friends while moving to attend a graduate school in Chicago.

Tolan shared a Facebook post from Green during the COVID-19 pandemic, which Green accused his roommates of taking medicine. Green wrote that he had moved but suffered from withdrawal symptoms, including “paranoia” and “depression,” as well as seizures and loss of appetite. He also wrote in a post that he was experiencing “suicidal ideation.”

Green’s Facebook profile was deleted on Friday after the Capitol attack.

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KC Humphreys, who attended CNU with Green, told USA TODAY that he was working with him in the school gym.

“He’s off like an average football player,” she said.

However, she added that she noticed recent changes in his social media posts.

“They were very weird. It was a post about joining his church and it was like,’One day you’ll see,'” Humphreys said. “It was just a lot of weird, kind of cult.”

On what looked like Green’s Facebook page, he posted last month about his problems, including the struggles of the last few years and unemployment during a pandemic. He talked about his recent “spiritual journey”.

“Honestly, the last few years have been tough, and the last few months have been even harder,” said one post. “I was tested on some of the biggest unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently unemployed due to partial pain after quitting my job.”

But he called Farakan’s teachings his guiding path, calling him “my spiritual father,” and despite his path being hampered, “Allah (God) is another. I chose me for that. “

In another post, Green shared a speech by Elijah Muhammad with Farakan, who previously led the Islamic State, and wrote about the end time.

What we know: Parliament police officer, suspect died after driving to barrier

Said one of Green’s brothers Washington post Noah Green seemed to be mentally unleashed in the last few years. He suddenly moved from Virginia to Indiana and told his brother Brendan that he was suffering from hallucinations, palpitation, headaches and suicidal ideation. Brendan Greene told a paper that his brother had informed him that the drug had told him to move to Indianapolis.

In Indiana, Noah told his brother that people were trying to break into his apartment. Brendan Greene jumped out into Indianapolis, but said he saw nothing suspicious. post Noah’s “heart didn’t seem right.”

A few months ago, Noah Green moved to Botswana, his brother told Post. The brothers kept in touch, and at one point Noah told Brendan that “his spirit was basically telling him to commit suicide” and that he jumped in front of the car, Brendan told Post. .. A few weeks ago, after Noah said he was “in a really bad situation,” Brendan allowed Noah to live with him.

Investigators on Friday were still digging into the suspect’s background to see if he had a history of mental health problems. They also worked to get a warrant to access his online account.

Contributed by: Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY; Associated Press.

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