VIDEO | Police lockdown PA Capitol after man shoots at Capitol Police officer in car



The active shooter that shot at police officers near the state capitol tonight has been identified as 51-year-old Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty.

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 in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg, where he was killed.

Marsico says, El-Mofty has spent time in both Dauphin and Cumberland counties and recently was in the Middle East. DA Marsico did not speculate on any possible ties to terrorism, stating "We don't want people to run wild with speculation."

"We are asking the public if they have any information about Mr. El-Mofty to please call 911 and let us know, anyone that has any information about him," Marsico said.


According to police the suspect fired shots at a Capitol police officers car around 4:30 PM Friday at 3rd and Walnut Streets. He then fired several shots at a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper at 5th and Strawberry Streets, slightly wounding her, according to police.

Police chased the subject to the 1700 block of Mulberry Street, exchanging fire with the suspect who was armed with two handguns at the time.

The suspect was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

A "device" was scene near El-Mofty's body, prompting officials to call in the Harrisburg Bomb Squad. The situation was handled and law enforcement is now focusing their investigating into the man's history.

Anyone who knew El-Mofty or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call police or 9-1-1.


UPDATE: Captain Olivera with Harrisburg Police confirms the suspect is down, but police are unable to approach the body due to a 'device'.

The bomb squad is currently on scene in the 1700 block of Mulberry Street, working to disable the device.


Witnesses are saying they heard shots fired near the PA state capitol building.

Authorities say a car traveling on 3rd St. shot at a Capitol police car also traveling on 3rd st.

The officer in the patrol car is reportedly not injured and was not taken to the hospital.

Streets around the building are closed off and there is a large police presence.

An ambulance was on the scene.

This is a developing story and CBS 21 will provide more information when it becomes available.

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