🔘 Shooting Spree targeted State and City Police
🔘 Homeland Security has declared the acts to be terrorism
Harrisburg, PA – Happening 3 days before Christmas on the last busy weekday in the city prior to the holiday Monday, this week’s attack that specifically targeted police officers carried the hallmarks of ISIS inspired terrorism. The FBI and Homeland Security are investigating. Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty was a 51 year old Egyptian who returned to Pennsylvania from the Middle East just weeks ago. He was killed by police after going on a rampage shooting spree throughout Harrisburg aimed at law enforcement officers.
The shooting spree began Friday during rush hour in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in downtown Harrisburg when El-Mofty drove a car south on 3rd Street and shot at a Capitol Police vehicle near State Street. An officer was almost hit by the gunfire.
El-Mofty continued to drive towards Market Street and opened gunfire on a State Police car traveling @5th & Market Streets. A female state trooper was struck in the eye with glass during the shooting. He shot at and then chased the trooper’s vehicle to 17th & Mulberry Streets in Allison Hill where a large scale shootout ensued with Harrisburg Police. Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty opened fire on police and was then shot by Harrisburg Police when they returned fire. He died on the scene.
Early reports mentioned a suspicious device that was spotted near his body, prompting the bomb squad to be called in. The package was eventually removed from the scene, and it was later described as insignificant by the District Attorney. It could be coincidental that the shootout occurred across the street from the Harrisburg Masjid.
The extent of Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty’s motive remains under FBI investigation. It is clear that he was directly targeting Police. The attack occurred 3 days before Christmas on the last busy weekday in the city prior to the holiday.
Press conference with Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico: