Authorities have exposed a sinister plot hatched by what turn out to be a Muslim man who shoot police officers and was killed in a shootout with police late Friday evening in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania making chaotic situation throughout the city.
Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty 51-year-old was affirmed as the man behind the shooting spree who started a few attacks against law enforcement. In spite of his plans, only one Pennsylvania State Trooper was injured.
In the early hours of Friday morning Attorney Ed Marsico Dauphin County District held a press conference and informed that there were three separate sites where El-Mofty deliberately and intentionally engaged police with the intent to kill as many police officers as possible. Ahmed began his attack at approximately 4:10 p.m. EST when he started shooting on a Capitol Police car near the State Capitol building in Harrisburg.
According to Dan Myers, an eyewitness at the scene , there were a series of gunshots around 4 p.m. Then he saw a car occupied by at least two individuals backing out of a parking spot on State Street. The car proceeded to speed up State to Third Street where it turned right and headed southbound. The second round of shooting commenced while the vehicle was speeding down Third Street.
“This individual showed that he was not afraid to fire at different law enforcement officers, both downtown and up here. There were three separate locations where shots were fired.” Marsico stated.
Marisco explained El-Mofty fired “several shots” in the area of 3rd and Walnut streets. One shot came “very close” to hitting the officer, nevertheless, the officer managed to getaway uninjured and shaken. El-Mofty vanish the scene and appeared again 30 minutes later, firing several shots at a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.
“She was struck by one of those shots, but is doing well,” said Marsico. Her condition is considered stable and ishe will make a full recovery. Marsico went on to emphatically state, “It was no doubt that he was directly targeting police officers.”
Marisco gave the progression of events leading up to her wound, stating she was chased to the Allison Hill section of the city with guns blazing by El-Mofty. El-Mofty opened fire on officers with two 9mm handguns in the area of 17th and Mulberry Streets and when cops returned fire, El Mofty was shot and killed at approximately 7:00 p.m.
Local law enforcement is working in psrtnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine a motive, that may be possible act of terrorism.
“This could have been a really tragic incident,” said Marsico and then he exposed that EL-Mofty was a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Turkey, who had ties to the Middle East, traveling there recently.
Local news affiliate WHTM-TV reported –
A device was found near where El-Mofty was killed and the bomb squad investigated it as a suspicious device, however, but no threat was found.
PENNLIVE reported on the events as they were occurring at the shootout scenes stating –
To say it was unsettling, as midstaters converged on downtown Harrisburg for Christmas parties, live band throwdowns, or just to walk the dog, was the understatement of the year.
“The intersection… was just flooded with cops,” said Katie Pates, an employee at Little Amps at the corner of Second and State, right between the first two shooting scenes.
“It was just shocking, seeing all the rifles being pulled out, and no idea what’s going on. You just want to know.”
Down the street and around the corner, kind of backing up on the mayhem, at Der Harrisburg Maennerchor social club, some patrons reported being told to get off the streets and shelter inside by responding police.
“People started coming in, and they were like: ‘Oh my God. What’s going on in the street?’” said club member Erik Veronikis, a former PennLive reporter. “It just seemed like people were on edge not knowing what was going on, and they weren’t getting ready to leave anytime soon.”
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse is commending the police for their “exceptional bravery,” in a statement –
“The incident is still being investigated, but it’s clear that Harrisburg police responded with exceptional bravery and capability to protect our city. The police officers involved as well as their leadership are to be commended. The situation could have been far worse, and we could have suffered far more injuries had they not acted as courageously and as professionally as they did.”
— City of Harrisburg (@thecityofhbg) December 23, 2017
Tom Wolf ,Pennsylvania Gov. also issued a announcement concerning the matter stating he was “grateful for the swift reaction” of the officers.
“I am grateful for the swift reaction to this incident by Capitol Police, Pennsylvania State Police and City of Harrisburg Police. Our officers were directly in harm’s way but they did not hesitate and protected others from harm. This is another reminder of the sacrifice made everyday by law enforcement across Pennsylvania, especially for those of us who spend time in our State Capitol. On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I thank the fine men and women of these departments.”
There has been some theory that the cause for the attack may be connected to Jalil Aziz, ISIS supporter. today In Harrisburg today he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. During the Christmas holiday authorities nationwide and across the globe are on high alert for terror attacks .
Grateful for the swift reaction to this incident by Capitol Police, @PAStatePolice and City of Harrisburg Police. Our officers were directly in harm’s way but they did not hesitate and protected others from harm. https://t.co/s6E4ZQGvTX
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 23, 2017
In Modesto, CA, earlier today, FBI arrested a tow truck driver who stated to be inspired by ISIS and planned on San Francisco’s iconic Pier 39 to commit a Christmas Day terror attack
Akayed Ullah, permanent resident from Bangladesh last week attempted to detonate a bomb near Times Square in a New York City subway walkway — an attack later confirmed by ISIS.