Update 4:30pm: The name of the suspect is Edward Archer, and according to Philly.com, his mother says he has been a devout Muslim for a long time. She also says that he is mentally ill, but the two conditions are not mutually exclusive. After all, Mohammed heard voices, too.
I wonder what his other name is? The media will never tell us. Since this is Philly, he may be associated with the Nation of Islam or one of its offshoots, in which case he is probably Jamal Abu Malik Shabazz or some such.
Update 1:50pm: According to the WaPo, the perp had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Still no name given.
When I first saw this news story this morning, I thought it must be a “Black Lives Matter” spinoff — Philadelphia, white cop, late at night, attempted execution. But now it seems to be something else. According to the latest reports, the suspect (who was shot by the cop and is now in custody while being medically treated), did it in the name of Islam.
No name has been given yet, so I can’t calculate the Mohammed Coefficient of the case.
Here’s the latest from The New York Daily News:
Man Suspected in Philly Cop Shooting Says “Islam’ Was Motive
The gunman suspected of shooting a Philadelphia cop through the window of his squad car admitted to the attempted “execution” and claimed he did it in the name of Islam, according to local media.
Police have not released an official motive in the Thursday night attack and have not said if they are investigating it as terrorism.
Officer Jesse Hartnett suffered a broken arm and nerve damage during the harrowing ambush, but was able to fire back at his assailant. The attack was caught on surveillance video, which showed the shooter fire more than a dozen times as he advanced toward the cop’s car until he was next to the driver’s side window.
Hartnett was shot three times. The 33-year-old has served on the police force for about five years, his aunt Cynthia Hartnett told the Daily News Friday. He is expected to make a full recovery.
“He’s OK. He’s going to be OK,” she said.
Hat tip: Dean.