HARRISBURG, Pa. – There is “no doubt” a gunman who fired at the police at various locations in the capital, wounding one of them before they shot and killed him, was targeting police, a public prosecutor said.
Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty fired on a Harrisburg police officer on Friday afternoon and later on a state trooper, wounding, and then the pursuit of her, the Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said.
“He fired a few shots at a Capitol police officer and a Pennsylvania state police trooper in his marked vehicle,” Marsico told reporters, flanked by the police, Capitol police and FBI officials.
The gunfire began shortly after 4 pm on Friday, when the man fired a few shots at a state Capitol officer in the city of Harrisburg, striking his car several times and sending one shot “that went very close to hitting him,” Marsico said. About 20 or 30 minutes later, he fired a few shots at the state trooper, striking her with one of those pictures.
The trooper is “good” is in good condition and is expected to make a full recovery, Marsico said.
El-Mofty continued the soldier to a residential district, where the city and state police met him.
“He approached them with two guns … firing a lot of photos on that police-officers,” and the officers returned fire, killing him, Marsico said.
El-Mofty had ties with the Middle East and recently traveled there, but the motive for the attack is unknown, Marsico said.
Marsico asked for information from the public about the man, who also had ties with the city and the western suburbs, on the Susquehanna River. He declined to comment on whether the man was known to the police.
Marsico expressed the gratitude of the state and of the local police for bringing a quick end to a episode he said could have been much worse.
“This is a really tragic incidence with these individual firing many shots at the police cars in the city of Harrisburg in the middle of rush hour on a Friday afternoon and then come here in a residential neighborhood and firing a lot of photos,” he said.