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July 28, 2006
Shooter In Seattle

A gunman killed at least one and injured five others in a Jewish center in Seattle today, and local reports say he did it for political purposes. Seattle's KING-5 television station reports that the man introduced himself as a Muslim before firing indiscriminately:

One person has been killed and at least five others have been injured in a shooting at the Jewish Federation at 2031 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. One suspect has been taken into custody.

Police have taken one person into custody but there may be more suspects in or around the building.

Sources told KING 5 the suspect is a Pakistani man with a criminal background. He is from the Tri-Cities but his citizenship is unknown. Officials are on the way to the Tri-Cities to interview his family.

According to the Seattle Times, a man got through security at the Jewish Federation and told staff members, "I'm a Muslim American; I'm angry at Israel," then began shooting, according to Amy Wasser-Simpson, the vice president for planning and community services for the Jewish Federation.

This same center held a rally last weekend to support Israel in its war against Hezbollah, an event co-sponsored by over forty different community organizations. Understandably, the offices of the center had very tight security, and police have not explained how the gunman managed to get past it. The numbers and status of the victims have not been made entirely clear at the moment, but police have apparently confirmed at least one death.

More details will surely follow. Some may start thinking about those Hezbollah sleeper cells that Hassan Nasrallah threatened to unleash against the West, but it's an extremely unlikely explanation for this incident. If this initial report is accurate, it looks much more like a lone nutcase taking out his bigotry in a violent manner. Hezbollah would not waste a sleeper agent on an attack of this type, with so few potential victims. When Hezbollah strikes, they aim for maximum damage, as they did in Buenos Aires when they killed over eighty people at a Jewish center. This sounds much more similar to the wannabe jihadi in North Carolina earlier this year.

Regardless, this conflict will bring out the nuts on all sides. We will have to keep a watchful eye for trouble in the weeks ahead. (via Hot Air)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 28, 2006 7:51 PM

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