Redstate reports “Little Rock terrorist wanted revenge for Muslims”

Redstate:

Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23, aka Carlos Bledsoe, told police that he shot two U.S. Army privates with the intent to kill them Monday because he was a practicing Muslim, and he was angered by what the American military had done to Muslims in the past. He also told officers that if more soldiers been on the parking lot with the victims, he would have shot them too.

Private William Long, 23, died from his injuries on arrival at a Little Rock hospital. Private Second Class Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, was taken directly to surgery after arriving at the hospital. Officials say he is expected to recover from his gunshot wounds.

Because of conflicting reports in the immediate wake of the shootings, there has been some confusion about the status of the two Army privates shot by Muhammed. They were not recruiters, but rather fresh out of basic training. ArkansasMatters.com reports:

Lt. Col. Thomas F. Artis, Commander of the Oklahoma recruiting battalion, which has command over the Little Rock recruiting station, says the soldiers were enlisted men, not officers, and that they did not work as recruiters. Lt. Col. Artis says they were part of a recruiting program called “hometown recruiting assistance.”

He says recruiters use these soldiers to tell their stories to talk to potential recruits, and that it is a volunteer position they do while they are visiting or based back in their home region.

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