The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Saturday evening labeling as a ‘terror attack’ the multiple shooting attacks on police officers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Friday by a lone gunman who immigrated from Egypt via family chain migration.
Ahmed Amin El-Mofty, police handout photo.
The alleged shooter, Ahmed Amin El-Moftry, 51, was killed in a shoot out with police after he reportedly fired on officers on three desperate attacks, wounding one officer with a non-life threatening injury.
The DHS statement was posted to Twitter by Acting Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton and reads in part:
The Department of Homeland Security can confirm the suspect involved in a terror attack in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and another suspect arrested on terror-related money-laundering charges were both beneficiaries of extended family chain migration.
Ahmed Amin El-Mofty was a naturalized U.S. citizen who was admitted to the United States from Egypt on a family-based immigrant visa. El-Mofty was killed yesterday in a shootout after allegedly opening fire and targeting police at multiple locations in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The long chain of migration that led to the suspect’s admission into the United States was initiated years ago by a distant relative of the suspect. One of the most recent links in that chain was an extended family member admitted into the United States in an F24 visa.”…
BREAKING: My statement on Immigration Backgrounds of Recent Terror-Related Suspects: pic.twitter.com/I3JfZOfuBh
— DHS Spokesperson (@SpoxDHS) December 24, 2017
Separately, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico posted an appeal for information, saying, “1-800-CALL-FBI is the number to call if you have info on Ahmed El-Mofty, who shot at police yesterday. Press Option 7 after you are connected. @FBI @PSPTroopHPIO”
— ed marsico (@edmarsico) December 23, 2017
ABC News healdined a report on the terror attack, “Pennsylvania cop shooting suspect’s ‘a chicken, not a terrorist’: ex-brother-in-law”
The man who authorities say was killed after attempting to gun down several police officers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, “is not a terrorist,” a family member told ABC News on Saturday.
A day after Ahmed El-Mofty allegedly opened fire in what officials said was a deliberate attack on multiple police officers Friday, his Ahmed Soweilam told ABC News that El-Mofty was a timid family man.
“He is a chicken,” Soweilam, who described himself as El-Mofty’s ex-brother-in-law said. “He is not a terrorist.”
He said the 51-year-old El-Mofty was a native of Egypt and had two children with his wife, from whom he has been estranged for about six years.”