On December 22, 2017 around 4:00 pm, a male suspect began shooting at a Pennsylvania Capitol Police Officer in his patrol car near Third and Walnut – across from the PA State Capitol in downtown Harrisburg PA.
At least one round struck the officers patrol car near the drivers side door, and the male suspect fled. There were reports of the suspect shooting as he made his way through the streets of Harrisburg.
In total, the suspect engaged law enforcement in no less than three separate shootings while mobile.
The suspect now identified as , a 51 year old native of Egypt, was ultimately shot and killed following a shoot-out with numerous law enforcement officers. The last of shootings between El-Mofty and law enforcement was near the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg at 17th Street and Mulberry.
An unnamed Pennsylvania State Trooper sustained injuries as a result of a gunshot wound during El-Mofty’s shooting spree across a swath of Harrisburg, and was transported to Harrisburg Hospital for treatment. The Trooper has been released and is okay.
A suspicious device was located near the body El-Mofty, and explosives experts with the Pennsylvania State Police responded in to assist with the device. State and Federal agencies are now involved in the investigation, and terrorism is being looked at as a possible motive.
A neighbor stated that immigration and/or law enforcement raided El-Mofty’s residence sometime last year, though there were not any additional details available.
The US Department of Homeland Security has classified this incident as terrorism, and federal officials are looking into all nations, locations, and activities of El-Mofty during his recent trip to the Middle East. The ATF, DHS, and FBI are assisting State and Local officials including the Dauphin County District Attorneys Office in this incident. If you have any information, please contact the Dauphin County District Attorneys Office, or call 911.
UPDATE 12/28/2017: As the investigation has progressed, local Harrisburg news stations are indicating federal officials are becoming more involved in this terrorist act. The FBI is now asking for anyone with information regarding the events or El-Mofty to contact them directly. If you have any information that you think could help please call 1-800-CALL-FBI, and choose option 7.
As the investigation progresses, many unanswered questions remain. With the facts at hand, however, one thing is certain – it is a blessing that there were not more casualties. With the incident occurring at the height of the holiday season, coupled with the mobility of the incident moving through both business and residential sections of the city – it is miraculous that there were not more injured or killed as a result of this cowardly act.