Incident Summary:

12/22/2017: An assailant opened fire on a Pennsylvania State Capitol Police vehicle near Strawberry Square in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. At least one officer was injured in the assault. Officers pursued the assailant to the intersection of 17th Street and Mulberry Street, where he was shot and killed. This was one of two attacks targeting police officers in Harrisburg on the same day. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities identified the assailant as Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty.



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Location Details:
The incident occurred near Strawberry Square.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pennsylvania State Police
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Two 9-mm handguns were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Authorities suspected that the assailant may have carried out the attack in order to commit suicide by cop.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Prosecutor: 'No doubt' gunman was targeting police officers," The Houston Chronicle, December 24, 2017.
"Department of Homeland Security Calls Harrisburg Shooting Spree by Naturalized Citizen a 'Terror Attack'," NBC Philadelphia, December 24, 2017.
"Pennsylvania gunman targeted police officers, authorities say,", December 24, 2017.