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Pennsylvania gunman targeted police, authorities say

The police shot and killed Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, which is identified as a recording of the suspect in Harrisburg, Pa., Dec. 22, 2017.

(Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office )

Authorities in Harrisburg, Pa., were wondering Friday what drove a 51-year-old man to go on an afternoon shooting spree in which he apparently targeted police officers.

The police finally shot and killed the gunman, who authorities later identified as Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty.

One Pennsylvania state trooper was shot during the spree, but she was expected to make a full recovery, authorities said.

The defendant had chased the trooper during one of the three shootings that began around 4 p.m., PennLive reported.

Around 7 pm, the suspect was dead.

Ed Marsico, Dauphin County district attorney, said the police were deliberately targeted, and that El-Mofty was killed when he fired at officers, while carrying two rifles and a shotgun, PennLive.com reported.

Marsico told WGAL-TV that officials had no idea what the motivation is at this point.”

Grateful for the quick response to this incident by Capitol Police, @PAStatePolice and the City of Harrisburg Police. Our officers were directly in danger, but she did not hesitate and protected others from harm. https://t.co/s6E4ZQGvTX

— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 23, 2017

A bomb squad examined a suspicious device spotted in the vicinity of the place where El-Mofty was killed, but no threat was found, WHTM-TV reported.

Marsico said the FBI was assisting in the investigation to determine whether it was a planned act of terrorism, the station reported.

“We can’t comment on that at this time,” Marsico told the station. “But the investigation will continue and will be thoroughly.”

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse praised the police for their ‘extraordinary courage’, while Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he was “grateful for the quick response” of the officers, in statements obtained by WGAL.

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