Accident – Death – Obituary News : Suspect Identified in Synagogue Shooting in Albany, New York
Federal officials have identified the suspect who allegedly opened fire outside of a synagogue in Albany, New York, on Thursday as 28-year-old Mufid Fawaz Alkhader. The incident took place outside Temple Israel, and thankfully, no one was injured in the attack.
During a press conference, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins revealed that Alkhader fired two shots at the synagogue before fleeing the scene. Hawkins also stated that the suspect made a comment saying, “Free Palestine.” Alkhader was later arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
FBI spokesperson Sarah Ruane confirmed the arrest and charges, stating that Alkhader had been apprehended after fleeing the scene. The swift coordination between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), FBI, Albany Police Department, and New York State Police led to his apprehension. The FBI Albany provided an update on Twitter, stating, “Thanks to the swift coordination between the ATF, FBI, and our partners at Albany Police Department and New York State Police, Mufid Fawaz Alkhader has been arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.”
Further details regarding the charges and the investigation are yet to be disclosed. Chief Hawkins mentioned that the incident is being investigated as a hate crime. Alkhader mentioned feeling victimized during his apprehension.
The shooting occurred on the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. The incident has deeply affected the local Jewish community and has raised concerns about the rise of anti-Semitic acts.
The United States Attorney’s Office will provide more information following an initial appearance scheduled for tomorrow at the U.S. District Court in Albany.
As this is a breaking news story, updates with additional details will be provided later.
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