UPDATE: Harrisburg shooting deemed a terror attack

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UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is calling the shooting a terror attack

According to Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton, El-Mofty was a naturalized U.S. citizen who came from Egypt on a family-based immigrant visa.

A distant relative of El-Mofty's began the chain of migration years ago, ultimately leading to El-Mofty's admission to the U.S.


State Police have confirmed the Trooper injured in Friday's shooting has been released from the hospital.

The Trooper was treated for minor injuries at Harrisburg Hospital and released Friday night.

Her name has not been released as of yet.

Stay with CBS21 as we continue to update this developing story.


Police are seeking information on an active shooter that shot at police officers near the state capitol Friday night.

51-year-old Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty engaged with officers Friday night at several locations throughout Harrisburg.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico confirmed that a state trooper was hit by a bullet while exchanging gunfire with El-Mofty at 5th and Market streets. She is not seriously injured and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police then engaged in gunfire with El-Mofty at 17th and Mulberry Streets.

Marsico says, El-Mofty has spent time in both Dauphin and Cumberland counties and recently was in the Middle East.

The case is currently being investigated by the State Police, FBI, ATF, Harrisburg Police and the Dauphin County DA's office.

Anyone with information on El-Mofty is asked to call 911 or to submit a tip through Crimewatch.

Several elected officials have weighed in on Friday night's incident, including Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. His office released a statement, commending police: “The incident is still being investigated, but it’s clear that Harrisburg police responded with exceptional bravery and capability to protect our city,” the Mayor said Friday evening. “The police officers involved as well as their leadership are to be commended. The situation could have been far worse, and we could have suffered far more injuries had they not acted as courageously and as professionally as they did.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf also commented, saying : "I am grateful for the swift reaction to this incident by Capitol Police, Pennsylvania State Police and City of Harrisburg Police. Our officers were directly in harm's way but they did not hesitate and protected others from harm. This is another reminder of the sacrifice made everyday by law enforcement across Pennsylvania, especially for those of us who spend time in our State Capitol. On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I thank the fine men and women of these departments."

In an updated statement, released Saturday, Governor Wolf also said "Federal, state, and local law enforcement continue to work together to investigate last night's attack on law enforcement. I have been in contact with the Director of Homeland Security, Pennsylvania State Police, and the Capitol Police. The commonwealth will continue to provide any assistance necessary in this investigation. I again want to thank officers who put themselves in harm's way to prevent further injury or loss of life."

Congressman Lou Barletta also commented that “The heroic actions of Pennsylvania’s law enforcement averted a sure tragedy. I am very proud the swift and effective response from those on the ground who neutralized the suspect before any lives were taken. This demonstrates the immense bravery of Pennsylvania law enforcement. They protect our schools and neighborhoods, keeping all our families safe, while risking their own lives every day. In the face of violence and destruction, we must always back the blue. As a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, I will continue to monitor the situation for potential links to terrorism. Mary Grace and I will continue to pray for the speedy recovery of the officer who was injured, and for the continued safety for Pennsylvania’s law enforcement.”


The police incident began Friday night around 4:30 pm when the suspect fired shots at Capitol police cars

Police chased the suspect from the Capitol to the 1700 block of Mulberry Street, exchanging fire. The suspect was shot by police, and pronounced dead at the scene.

The bomb squad was able to secure the 'device' found on the victim's body.

Police help press conferences with updatse throughout Friday night, identifying the suspect and asking for the public's help gathering information about the man.

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