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    investigation about a mysterious shooting in Pennsylvania

    The man who authorities say was killed after attempting to gun down several police officers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, “is not a terrorist,” a family member told ABC News on Saturday.
    A day after Ahmed El-Mofty allegedly opened fire in what officials said was a deliberate attack on multiple police officers Friday, Ahmed Soweilam told ABC News that El-Mofty was a timid family man.
    “He is a chicken,” Soweilam, who described himself as El-Mofty’s ex-brother-in-law, said. “He is not a terrorist.”
    He said the 51-year-old El-Mofty was a native of Egypt and had two children with his wife, from whom he has been estranged for about six years.
    El-Mofty shot at police from at three locations in Pennsylvania’s capital before responding police officers shot and killed him, Dauphin County prosecutors said.
    One officer was injured in the shootings, but her injuries are considered non-life-threatening and she was reportedly “doing well,” Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said.
    Marisco also told ABC News that his office is trying to determine whether El-Mofty’s attacks on law enforcement officers were motivated by terrorism.
    While local authorities continue to stress they are still investigating if it was terrorism, Department of Homeland Security Acting Press Secretary Tyler Houlton issued a statement on Twitter Saturday evening referring to the shooting as “a terror attack.” The statement was issued as part of the Trump administration’s ongoing criticism of chain migration, which allows family members to sponsor relatives for immigration.
    “The Department of Homeland Security can confirm the suspect involved in a terror attack in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and another suspect arrested on terror-related money laundering charges were both beneficiaries of extended chain migration.”
    Houlton’s second reference is to a woman on Long Island who was charged with usingbitcoin to support ISIS activities.
    Soweilam said El-Mofty visited the Middle East, but stressed he was a gentle man.
    Dauphin County prosecutors, Marisco said, are looking closely at an October trip to the Middle East that El-Mofty took, and want to know where he was living, which houses of worship he possibly attended, and whether he was employed when he allegedly attempted to attack the cops.
    The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are also involved in the investigation, the prosecutor confirmed.

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