Skip to comments.Recruiter Shooting Suspect Under FBI Investigation (Traveled to Yemen on Somali Passport)
Posted on 06/01/2009 9:12:17 PM PDT by kristinn
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.
The suspect, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 24, had changed his name from Carlos Leon Bledsoe after converting to the Muslim faith.
Law enforcement sources said he offered no resistance when Little Rock police arrested him today.
It was not known what path Muhammad, a U.S. citizen who is a recent convert to Islam, had followed to radicalization.
"At this point it appears that he specifically targeted military personnel, but there doesn't appear to be a wider conspiracy or, at this point in time, any indication that he's a part of a larger group or a conspiracy to go further," Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas said.
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.
According to sources, the suspect advised them that he was going to kill as many Army personnel as possible. At the time of the shooting, the subject had approximately 200 rounds of ammunition available, police said.
According to a police report, Muhammad told police he saw two uniformed U.S. soldiers in front of the recruiting office before he shot and killed Pvt. William Long, 23, and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, while they were taking a break outside the U.S. Army recruiting station where they both worked.
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Hopefully, the “messiah’s” Justice Dept. will increase security at recruiting stations just as they are doing at ABORTION clinics.
Ah, I guessed earlier that he might have been PO'd because of the shooting of the Somali pirates. It's looking more like I might have been right, at least in part.
UFB. We are in a new paradigm. This administration has nothing short of five, state run propaganda machines disguised as networks.
The muzzie b*stards are always “under investigation” by the FBI. The gumshoes are always a year too late.
Incited to murder by Obama himself.
He has some strange priorities..
So who coached, encouraged, supplied, and provided logistics? "Yeah, but we had him under observation. The weapons were supposed to be inert. They were inert when we gave them to him".
This halfwit needs to go down to the local mosque the shooter attended, I'm sure he'll find a large group conspiring something or other.
Looks like the Obama administration has dropped the Bush doctrine that said we would not wait on events to act to protect Americans.
But it seems highly unlikely. Oh he might have acted alone, but he likely didn't act solely on his own initiative.
Time for the Birth Certificate to be released. Let's find out if we have a President, or a Usurper.
Still no statement from the White House on this act of domestic Jihad. In complete contrast to yesterday, when they had a statement out and on the website by about 6 PM Eastern. The events occured at about the same time of day, and today wasn't Sunday, when the White House might have been operating with the "second string" in the press office.
The Kenyan won’t dis a bro.
Hadn't thought about that. But you're right. Could you expand on that a bit though?
I am sure the Prez made a statement of grief and mourning and outrage at Muslim terrorists and sent the US Marshalls to protect recruitment centers. I am sure there are calls by the media for new laws to protect access to recruitment centers and to defend the act of recruiting. I am sure the media has attacked the anti-war movement as assessory to murder and called for the punishment of certain people in the media or entire media outlets for inciting this kind of attack.
To heck with that. The Army's got guns, let them issue some to the recruiters, other troops working there, and civilian staff.
Except I'd let them buy their own ammunition, if they want, rather than being forced to use FMJ, especially in their sidearms.
Cowards rarely hit "hard targets". This guy, armed to the teeth, (Of course by comparison many here are armed to the eyeballs) didn't even fight the police, who he likely had outgunned, when they pulled him over and arrested him. No Virgins for him.
Well, sure. Wasn’t Obama the hero who ordered the military to shoot the Somali pirates? According to the liberals, that kind of action only incites Muslims to commit acts of terror. They can’t help themselves.
“”At this point it appears that he specifically targeted military personnel, but there doesn’t appear to be a wider conspiracy or, at this point in time, any indication that he’s a part of a larger group or a conspiracy to go further,” Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas said.
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.”
I would believe this a crock of bovine excrement as it is hardly possible a 24 year old miscreant with a U.S. prison record can afford to travel about to Yemen, much less on his own acquire the indicated Somali passport.
Perhaps we aren’t supposed to become alarmed or something, but I do believe the Police Chief could have come up with a better line than that.
A simple “I don’t know” would have sufficed perhaps.
Before I found out the suspect is muslim, I figured that it was a response to Tiller's untimely demise. Now it seems that you've got something.
Trooper: Let me see your identification.
Obama-Wan: [with a small wave of his hand] You don’t need to see his identification.
Trooper: We don’t need to see his identification.
Obama-Wan: These aren’t the muslim extremists you’re looking for.
Trooper: These aren’t the muslim extremists we’re looking for.
Obama-Wan: He can go about his business.
Trooper: You can go about your business.
Obama-Wan: Move along.
Trooper: Move along... move along.
“According to sources, the suspect advised them that he was going to kill as many Army personnel as possible. “
who is “them”?
I just checked the White house briefing page....15 1/2 hours after the shooting, ----no comment.
Take a peek at ABC’s ‘related’ section...about 6 paragraphs in.
His FBI handlers, silly.
She's this (- -) close to spittin' out those 5 words........
He doesn’t like the “current” military....and they don’t like him...alot. Remember, vets are just terrorists...
2.) I'm not surprised, and frankly, by this point there shouldn't be a person in our world (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Conservative, Liberal, libertarian, Constitutionalists, scholars, activists etc...) - unless they've fallen for his “hopenosis”, or are just lying if they say they are.
3.) Feel free to consider this a theory, but it is well within the realm of possibilities that Obama’s desire to transfer hardened Islamic Radicals in our prisons has nothing to do with giving these people “human rights” or some such nonsense, but rather sees it as a golden opportunity to forward the goals of Radical Islamic Jihad, and the take-down of our country from the inside.
4.)I truly feel the time is coming where these instances will become more commonplace, and that members of our armed forces will be needing to make some very tough decisions.
God bless all of our brave soldiers, civilian support staffs, and their families. May God bless you and protect you. May the Lord bless, especially, all people in command within our military with knowledge, truth, understanding, and clear moral decisions that are easy to make may the time come... And may the Lord turn Obama’s hardened heart, and break through his radical ideology whether religious, or political to realize what he is doing before it's too late.
Current Name: Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad
Previous Name: Carlos Leon Bledsoe
Recent Foreign Travel: Yemen
(He was arrested there for using a Somali passport, which triggered an FBI/JTTF investigation)
Converted to Islam: As a teenager
Stated motivation for violence: Upset with US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
But the car was loaded with a small arsenal. Officers who searched the car found more than 100 rounds of ammunition, an SKS assault rifle, two pistols, and two military books.
The ammunition was loaded in magazines which were found in a vest, police sources say.
Twin City Tours, a Little Rock travel company, was listed as Muhammad’s employer on an arrest report.
Muhammad’s father, Melvin Bledsoe, would not comment when reached by ABC News
The two privates, who were both from Arkansas, were in Little Rock as part of a recruiting program that typically uses soldiers recently out of basic training to promote the Army in their home regions, Army officials said.
They were serving their country, said Lt. Col. Thomas F. Artis, commander of the Oklahoma City recruiting battalion, which includes Arkansas. They were just standing outside, just taking a five-minute break, just minding their own business and this happens.
The dead soldier was identified as Pvt. William A. Long, 23, of Conway, about 30 miles north of Little Rock. The other victim, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, was in stable condition at Baptist Medical Center, Chief Stuart Thomas of the Little Rock Police Department said.
In a lengthy interview with the police, Mr. Muhammad said he was angry about the killing of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, Chief Thomas said. Previously known as Carlos Bledsoe, Mr. Muhammad told investigators that he had converted to Islam as a teenager, Chief Thomas said.
Chief Thomas said investigators believe that Mr. Muhammad acted alone. He seemed to be familiar with the Army recruiting office because it was not far from his home, the chief said, but might have been on the prowl for anyone in uniform.
I would say he was looking for any and all targets of opportunity that happened to be military, the chief said in a telephone interview. That may have well been the first place he found.
Amen, brother! Islam is incompatible with human civilization... or anything reasonable and dignified.
Why on Earth was he not detained upon his return to the U.S.???
Was Jamie Gorelick re-hired to the Obama DoJ?
(ABC News) The suspect, arrested in the fatal shooting of one soldier and the critical injury of another at a West Little Rock Army recruiting center was under investigation by the FBI (web) ‘s Joint Terrorist Task Force since his return from Yemen.
Authorities told ABC news that the investigation was in its preliminary stages, and was based on the suspects travel to Yemen and his arrest there for using a Somali passport. A recent convert to Islam, it was unknown what path the subject, a US citizen, had followed to radicalization.
According to law enforcement sources, when 24 year old Carlos Leon Bledsoe, who recently changed his name to Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, did not resist arrest shortly after the shooting . When the subject vehicle was stopped, the suspect immediately surrendered and advised officers that he had a bomb in the vehicle. Bomb techs were dispatched and no explosive devices were identified. Upon inspection of the subject vehicle, officers found approximately more than one hundred rounds of ammunition, an SKS assault rifle, 2 pistols, and 2 military books.
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.
Private William Long, 23 was killed on the scene and Private Quinton Ezeagwula, 18 was wounded while taking a break outside the U.S. Army recruiting station where they both were working at the time.
Twin City Tours, a Little Rock tour company was listed as Muhammad’s employer on an arrest report. Muhammad’s father, Melvin Bledsoe, would not comment when reached by ABC News. He would only refer all questions to the Little Rock Police Department.
Let me guess who paid for the thugs wheels!
The FBI had him under investigation and he should have been a known purchaser of a assault type rifle.
Lots of coaches and encouragement, but how much logistics does it take to buy or steal a truck/SUV, an SKS and 200 rounds of ammunition? I have more than that in my garge and gun cabinet. A lot more in fact. It's a little harder when one is a convicted felon under investigation by the FBI, but still not all that difficult.
I have come to the inescapable conclusion, based on his actions, that BHO's operative principle in all of his decisions is to, first and foremost- cause maximum chaos, as per Alinsky. Example- he never was going to release the "cruelty" photos, he just announced that he was, just to cause chaos.....watch him in the future and tell me that I'm wrong!
Fine, then put them both behind bars.
If both his parents are Nigerian, he's probably blacker than black. I had a recreational sports class in college with a Nigerian guy. He was obsidian. And a heck of a nice guy too. Good at soccer, not so good at basketball or flag football.
So, the Islamic Army has it’s hero, who may end up a martyr.
Yeah but, we couldn't wire tap him to avoid this conclusion. BHO..........what a country.
And if one or both of the Green Suiters were also of African ancestry, they aren't his Bros.
Was he? Or wasn't he?
>It was not known what path Muhammad, a U.S. citizen who is a recent convert to Islam, had followed to radicalization.<
What path? One has to be a radical to “convert” to Islam in the first place. We the people, don’t learn anything when it comes to Islamic matters, do we?
Tiller was a thorn in a high ranking politician’s arse.
He had to go.
But the public must not be allowed time to dwell on the details of the murder.
So... a convenient murder that will draw the public’s complete attention. Soon, Tiller will be just a forgotten memory.
I wonder if this suspect in the shootings of the army soldiers voted in the 2008 election.
Of course, such speculation would be denounced, as he would have probably voted for Obama/Biden, since he is an African-American...
Looks like we got a new candidate for waterboarding, panties on the head, barking dogs, and some photo ops.
>Let’s find out if we have a President, or a Usurper.<
What has always puzzled me is that no one in Congress or with political power has ever challenged Obama’s eligibility for POTUS — not one. Am I to believe in a conspiracy to silence all inquiries into Obama’s background even if it means the rapid destruction of this country?
I don’t know what the big deal is with waterboarding...I’ve given birth 8 times....
"There's a clue in there somewheres, but for the life of me, I can't figure it out!"
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