As ISIS and the rest of the radical Islamic world continues to spew their Christmas-themed threats, an incident in Pennsylvania is getting a closer look by authorities.
On Friday, a Pennsylvania man who had recently returned from a trip to the Middle East opened fire in the vicinity of the Pennsylvania capital. Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty was apparently targeting police officers in his rampage, taking aim at several different individuals, thankfully striking only one of his targets who is expected to make a full recovery.
El-Mofty was killed in his third and final theatre of rage, leaving behind no known note or explanation for his crimes. This had led authorities to further examine the attacker’s recent trips to the Middle East given the region’s reputation as a hotbed for terrorism.
“Federal authorities are investigating after a Pennsylvania man with ties to the Middle East opened fire on police officers in three different locations in the state’s capital on Friday afternoon. Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said it remains under investigation whether the shootings were acts of terror.
“‘We are asking the public if they have any information about Mr. El-Mofty to please call 911 and let us know, anyone that has any information about him,’ Marsico said at a Friday night press conference.
“‘This could’ve been a really tragic incident with this individual firing many shots at police cars in downtown Harrisburg in the midst of rush hour traffic on Friday afternoon, and then coming up here in a residential neighborhood and firing again many shots.’
“When asked about specific ties to terrorism, Marsico said an investigation would reveal that information and cautioned, ‘We don’t want people to run wild with speculation.'”
An eyewitness to the shooting was able to sum up El-Mofty’s fate quite succinctly when approached by reporters, simply stating that “when you shoot at the cops, you get what you get”.
El-Mofty’s attacks comes amid renewed threats from ISIS that specifically targeted the United States and members of the armed forces, coinciding with the Christian Christmas season – something that radical Islam is hoping to eradicate through violence and fear.