Terrorism? Police Targeted in Harrisburg, PA Shooting Spree by Gunman with ‘Ties to Middle East’
“It was no doubt that he was directly targeting police officers.”
Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty was identified by Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico at a late Friday night press conference as the man who was shot and killed in a shootout with police after he fired on officers in several attacks targeting police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Friday. Marsico said El-Mofty, 51, had ‘ties to the Middle East’ and had recently traveled there. One officer was wounded but is expected to make a full recovery. Marsico said of El-Mofty, “it was no doubt that he was directly targeting police officers.”
Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, police handout photo.
The FBI is involved in the investigation but no motive for the attacks has been reported. PJ media reported El-Mofty is a naturalized citizen from Turkey.
PJ Media also noted “ISIS supporter Jalil Aziz was sentenced to 12 years in prison (on Wednesday) in Harrisburg.” However police have not yet tied the shootings to the sentencing.
WGAL-TV reported Marsico’s summary of the attacks:
1. Around 4 p.m., shots were fired at a Capitol police officer at 3rd and Mulberry streets. The officer’s vehicle was hit. The officer was not hurt.
2. Shots were fired at a Pennsylvania State trooper at 4th and Market streets. The officer suffered a slight injury. She is expected to be OK.
3. At 17th and Mulberry streets, the gunman engages in a shootout with Harrisburg police and state police, and is killed. No officers are hurt.
In the final attack, El-Mofty shot at police with two 9mm handguns according to Marsico. A suspicious device found near El-Mofty’s body was determined to be “of no import” by police, reported PennLive.
PennLive Facebook video of DA Marsico’s press conference:
LIVE: Authorities give an update on the investigation on shootings Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Posted by PennLive.com on Friday, December 22, 2017
Photos from the final shooting posted by WHP-TV reporter Courtney Highfield.
— Courtney Highfield (@CourtneyCBS21) December 22, 2017
Police are asking anyone with information about El-Mofty to contact them.