Mark Essex, a member of the Black Panthers, gunned down 19 people, including 10 police officers, in New Orleans on New Year’s Eve, 1972. He was one of the inspirations for Washington D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammed 30 years later. The New Orleans police, assisted by firemen and Marines stopped the massacre in a daring helicopter shootout on the roof of the Howard Johnson hotel.
Young Black Panther and Muslim-convert Essex went on a hate-fueled murderous shooting rampage in New Orleans on December 31, 1972, and again at a Howard Johnson Hotel on January 7, 1973, killing nine and injuring 13. Gunned down by police, he would become an inspiration to D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammed 30 years later.