Muslim Convert Carlos Bledsoe aka AbdulHakim Muhammad law enforcement officials say Muhammad was arrested and jailed in Yemen at one point for using a Somali passport AbdulHakim Bledsoe Kills US Soldier at recruiting center Little Rock Ark,
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The suspect, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, reportedly had been under investigation by an FBI joint terrorism task force after he traveled to Yemen and was arrested there for using a Somali passport. The probe was in its early stages and based on Muhammad’s trip to Yemen, according to ABC News. Muhammad’s travels overseas have sparked a major international FBI investigation. Officials say it is too early to know for certain if he indeed acted alone.
Muhammad told authorities that he approached the recruiting center in Little Rock by truck on Monday and started shooting at two soldiers in uniform, both men were in fatigues, according to a police report.
“He saw them standing there and drove up and shot them, from his black extended-cab pickup truck ,” Lt. Terry Hastings told The Associated Press. “That’s what he said.”Interviews with police show Muhammad “probably had political and religious motives for the attack,” Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas said. “We believe that it’s associated with his disagreement over the military operations,” the police chief said.
The two soldiers who were shot had completed basic training within the past two weeks and were not regular recruiters, said Lt. Col. Thomas F. Artis of the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, which oversees the Little Rock office. William Long, 23, died, and Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, was wounded and in stable condition, according to Thomas.
Police arrested Muhammad along an interstate highway moments after the shootings. Thomas said Muhammad would be charged with first-degree murder, plus 16 counts of committing a terroristic act (other people were in the recruiting center). Police recovered three guns from the vehicle: an SKS semi-automatic rifle, a .22-caliber rifle and a .380-caliber automatic pistol and 100 rounds of ammo. The terrorist counts stem from the shots fired at an occupied building. The ammunition was loaded in magazines which were found in a vest, police sources say.
Witnesses told police that a man inside a black vehicle pulled up outside the recruiting center and opened fire about 10:30 a.m. Long fell onto the sidewalk outside the center, while Ezeagwula was able to crawl toward its door. .
When Muhammad was arrested he was near a Walgreens drug store and another large store with hundreds of people inside and out in the parking lot areas.
But authorities said he never attempted to hurt anyone at either location, and only directed his hostility to the recruiting site.