Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Army Recruiting Center Shooting Suspect May Have Had Other Targets In Mind

There are indications today that Carlos Bledsoe, a convert to Islam who also goes by the name Abdulhakim Muhammed, may have planned attacks on other targets when he shot two soldiers outside a Little Rock military recruiting center.

One of the soldiers, Pvt. William Long, 23, died from his wounds. The other, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, is reportedly improving.

The FBI is acknowledging today that Bledsoe conducted Internet searches of other locations throughout the United States. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security notified local law enforcement in those communities of the searches.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI contacted the appropriate individuals at those locations researched by Bledsoe," said Thomas Browne, special agent in charge of the FBI's Little Rock office. Browne said this was done out of "an abundance of caution."

He reportedly allegedly opened fire on the soldiers because of the treatment Muslims have received from the U.S. military in the past.

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