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June 02, 2009

Man Arrested For Shooting Two Soldiers In Arkansas Is "A Muslim Convert" Who Doesn't Like The US Military UPDATED And BUMPED: Suspect Traveled To Yemen, Was Under FBI Investigation

So much for the random crazy/gangbanger theory.

A Muslim convert who said he was opposed to the U.S. military shot two soldiers outside an Arkansas recruiting station, killing one of the soldiers, police said Monday.

"This individual appears to have been upset with the military, the Army in particular, and that's why he did what he did," Little Rock Police Lt. Terry Hastings said in a phone interview.

"He has converted to [Islam] here in the past few years," Hastings said. "To be honest we're not completely clear on what he was upset about. He had never been in the military."

Hastings identified the man in custody as Carlos Bledsoe, 24, of Little Rock, who was going by the name of Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad. He did not have further details. The names of the soldiers were not released, nor was the condition of the wounded soldier.

I really hope Lt. Hastings isn't as clueless as that quote makes him sound.

The original post on this story is here.

A couple of commenters said Arkansas has the death penalty. Give this scumbag his trial and then dispose of him.

BTW- I haven't done a study of this but it's pretty clear this story is not getting near the play that the Tiller murder is. I wonder why that is.

The soldiers have been identified.

The soldier who was killed was identified as Pvt. William Long, 24, of Conway, and the wounded soldier is Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, Thomas said.

Ezeagwula is in stable condition and expected to recover, the police chief said.

Neither was a recruiter but soldiers from the Little Rock area who had just completed basic training. They were helping recruiters and serving as an example to individuals interested in the service.

UPDATE: The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force had been investigating him since his return from Yemen.

Doesn't that make you feel better about releasing trained terrorists in the US? I mean the FBI will be following them so no problems, right?






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