Sure, it’s truly baffling.
A police officer in a patrol car was wounded overnight in a blazing ambush in West Philadelphia during which a gunman unloaded a semiautomatic pistol into the cruiser, authorities said.
Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was hit three times in the arm and taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition but faces a long recovery, authorities said.
The suspected gunman, identified as Edward Archer, 30, of Yeadon, also was wounded by return fire from Harnett and taken into custody after attempting to flee, police said. Officers recovered a black, 9mm semiautomatic pistol, its slide locked to the rear.
The shooter in the attack is seen wearing Muslim-style garb – a long white robe over dark pants – on surveillance video, according to police sources, but officials have not said if they believe religion was a factor.
The FBI said it has been notified of the attack, but that the Philadelphia Police Department remains the lead agency in the investigation.
No charges have been filed yet.
Guess it’s not a hate crime, except…
Police sources: suspect has given a full confession, says he did it in name of Islam , Officer Hartnett is out of surgery, and stable
— Justin Finch (@JustinFinchCBS3) January 8, 2016
Seems alike a terrorist attack to us. We wonder if Obama’s read about it in the papers yet? Let’s play leftists kook for a moment: It was someone trying to make Muslims look bad!
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) January 8, 2016
Oh, and in 2012, this terrorist pled down an illegal gun charge and did no time.
Edward Archer, 30, of Yeadon, has been named as the suspect who ambushed Philadelphia Police officer Jesse Hartnett and firing 13 shots at the officer at 60th and Spruce streets in West Philadelphia. Archer was on parole and awaiting a hearing scheduled for January 19, stemming from a 2012 armed assault.
According to court documents, Archer pleaded guilty to simple assault and carrying a firearm without a license after police said he pointed a gun he wasn’t licensed to carry at a man’s stomach, threatened him and then chased the man with the gun when the victim had broken free.
After last night’s absurd Obama townhall, this should be the top story in America today. Yes, it gets more infuriating:
Archer was tracked down by police in 2013 and faced bevy of charges that included aggravated assault, conspiracy, terroristic threats, simple assault and others that involved firearms. He pleaded guilty last year to carrying a gun without a license, a third-degree felony, and simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor.
According to court documents, Archer was sentenced to nine to 13 months in prison, was allowed to count time served and was paroled. Records show he was arrested April 14, 2013 and was released April 30, 2013 after posting partial bail.
Update: A video, via Ace.
It's crazy the Philadelphia police officer survived this attack, and then got out and pursued the suspect https://t.co/RjqAv757uE
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) January 8, 2016
That sound you hear is the deafening silence from the anti-gun nuts.
Update: This guy should be removed from office by sundown:
Last night’s shooting had nothing to do with any faith. It was a violent assault by a criminal. I urge all Philadelphians to stand together.
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) January 8, 2016
Update: Yeah, we really could use that townhall on Muslim terrorism:
Homeland Security Committee Chair says Philadelphia attack was ordered by #ISIS.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 8, 2016