HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security says a man who fired at officers in Pennsylvania's state capital before he was shot and killed was a naturalized U.S. citizen who was admitted to the country from Egypt on a family-based immigrant visa.
Acting DHS Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton says Saturday that "the long chain of migration" that led to Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty's admission to the U.S. was initiated years ago by a distant relative.
Authorities say El-Mofty fired at a Capitol police officer Friday and later at a state trooper, wounding her. El-Mofty then attacked other officers with two handguns and was killed.
Houlton says incidents like the one involving El-Mofty "highlight the Trump administration's concerns with extended family chain migration." He says chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program have been exploited by extremists.
Corrects that Tyler Q. Houlton is acting press secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, not secretary of the department.
A relative is expressing shock at the actions of a man police say fired at officers in several locations in Pennsylvania's state capital before he was shot and killed.
Ahmed Soweilam tells PennLive.com the reported actions by Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, his sister's ex-husband, are "not his behavior at all."
Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says El-Mofty fired at a Capitol police officer Friday and later at a state trooper, wounding her. He says El-Mofty then attacked other officers with two handguns and was killed.
Soweilam says El-Mofty had lived in Egypt and had worked as a security guard. He says El-Mofty had no history of violence or mental illness and was "not an aggressive person."
A prosecutor says there's "no doubt" that a gunman who fired at police in several locations in Pennsylvania's state capital, wounding one of them, was targeting police officers.
Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says 51-year-old Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty fired at a capital police officer shortly after 4 p.m. Friday and later at a state trooper, wounding her. Marsico says both officers were in marked vehicles.
El-Mofty was killed during a shootout with local and state police. Authorities say he was armed with two handguns. The trooper struck is "doing well" and expected to make a full recovery.
El-Mofty has ties to the Middle East and recently traveled there, but the motive for the attack isn't yet known. Marsico asked for information from the public about El-Mofty.
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