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Pennsylvania Shooter Was Reportedly Targeting Police Officers

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Authorities say they have discovered the motives behind the man who opened fire in Harrisburg, Penn., Friday, leaving an officer wounded and in the hospital.

Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, who has ties to the Middle East, opened fire at police cars and officers in downtown Harrisburg. The suspect reportedly had at least two rifles and a shotgun on him and fired multiple shots at officers, hitting a state trooper before police fired back at the the gunman, killing him.

The shooting began around 4 p.m and continued on and off until the suspect was taken out around 7 p.m. After some investigating, authorities discovered the suspects motives were directed towards law enforcement.

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A bomb squad also arrived on scene to investigate a suspicious device which was found close to where the suspect was killed. The bomb squad found the device to be of no harm.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said the FBI was helping to investigate the crime to see if it was an act of terrorism.

“We can’t comment on that at this time,” Marsico told reporters. “But the investigation will continue and it will be thorough.”

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