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Gunman who fired at police in Pennsylvania capital was naturalized citizen from Egypt

A naturalized U.S. citizen from Egypt opened fire on police in Harrisburg, Pa., before he was killed by officers last week, though authorities don’t believe he had ties to the Islamic State or other terrorist organizations.

The shooter, Ahmed El-Mofty, instead was depressed and had money woes plaguing him, authorities said, which led him to open fire on a Capitol Police cruiser and wound a state trooper.

El-Mofty, 51, was shot and killed by police after he opened fire.

Authorities said El-Mofty had spent about three years in Egypt before he returned to the United States in October, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marisco said.

“There is no known nexus to any organized terrorist group. There was no red flag that he was allied with ISIS,” he said. “He was not to anyone’s knowledge radicalized.”

He added there is no evidence El-Mofty had accomplices.

“Family members say he was depressed recently, upset about lack of contact with his family, with money issues,” Marsico added.

He said El-Mofty first fired shots into the air in the 100 block of State Street and at Third and State streets before shooting at the Capitol Police car at 4:06 p.m. near the Capitol and the Ronald Reagan Federal Building at Third and Walnut streets. A bullet struck the windshield of the cruiser, but the officer wasn’t injured. [source]

The motive behind the incident differ between Marisco and other authorities investigating it and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which has labeled the assault a “terror attack.” [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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