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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Terror shooting probe broadens UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM

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Here's developing news from ABC:

The suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of one soldier and the critical injury of another at a Little Rock, Ark., Army recruiting booth today was under investigation by the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force since his return from Yemen, ABC News has learned.

The investigation was in its preliminary stages, authorities said, and was based on the suspect's travel to Yemen and his arrest there for using a Somali passport.

... But, Muhammad's travels overseas have sparked a major international investigation. Officials say it is too early to know for certain if he indeed acted alone.

Here's a link to most of the paperwork filed in Municipal Court to support the search warrant of the home of Abdulhakim Muhammad.

From the affidavit filed, with District Judge Alice Lightle:

"Mr. Muhammad waived his rights and admitted to shooting the subjects at 9112 N. Rodney Parham and advised that his intent was to kill as many people in the Army as he could. Mr. Muhammad also advised detectives that in his vehicle were three firearms, ammunition and Molotov cocktails. During this interview, he also stated that he recently viewed a video pertaining to subversive activities which spurred him to commit this act."


While police have stated they didn't find any explosives in Muhammad's car, they did find a dozen boxes of ammunition, a .22 rifle fitted with a laser scope, and two homemade silencers.

Among the items seized from Muhammad's apartment on Mara Lynn Drive was a locked safe, written materials in English and Arabic, two computers,  two cell phones and a sawed off gun barrel found in a bag with a hacksaw blade.

ON THE JUMP: Non-statement statement from FBI.

 

FBI RELEASE

On June 1, 2009, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammed, formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe, was arrested by the Little Rock, Arkansas Police Department for the murder of Pvt. William Long and the attempted murder of Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, two soldiers in the United States Army at an Army Recruiting Office in Little Rock.

Muhammed is presently in custody and will face state charges related to the incident.

The FBI is also investigating this incident, which may result in additional federal charges and prosecution.

As the investigation remains active, the FBI will not make any public statements about the status of the investigation of Muhammed. All information regarding the case is being shared between the FBI, the Little Rock Police Department, and state and federal prosecutors.

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