July 28, 2006

Breaking: Jewish center in Seattle attacked

Via Fox News:

At least five people were shot, one of them fatally, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and one person was arrested, authorities said. A witness told a local newspaper that the man said he was a Muslim who was angry at Israel.

Five or six people were wounded in the incident Friday afternoon, assistant police chief Jim Pugel said.

One person died, fire department spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said.

One wounded woman was shot in the abdomen and another woman was hit in the arm, according to news accounts. Information on the others wounded was not immediately available.

But it's "not terror related" according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Well, at least not yet:

"We believe it's a lone individual acting out his antagonism," said David Gomez, who heads the FBI's counterterrorism efforts in Seattle.

"There's nothing to indicate that it's terrorism related," Gomez said. "But we're monitoring the entire situation."

Interesting -- no mention of whether the attacker committed a "hate crime." Why doesn't that surprise me?

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has many updates regarding the attack (and attacker).

UPDATE 2: Andy McCarthy adds some thoughts.

Posted by Hube at July 28, 2006 10:55 PM | TrackBack

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(gasp) How horrible.

I am suspecting hate as a motive in this crime, too.

Posted by: Anna Venger at July 28, 2006 11:14 PM

Let's not forget Mohammed Reza Taheriazar. Driving into the "Pit" of pedestrians at UNC wasn't terrorism or a hate crime either.

Posted by: AnonymousOpinion at July 29, 2006 12:59 AM

Check the headline at the news website of your choosing, Hube. Clearly a "hate crime" and being reported as such everywhere I've seen.

Posted by: dan at July 29, 2006 11:56 AM

I think I've seen maybe one that even alluded to a hate crime so far, dan.

Posted by: Hube at July 29, 2006 12:06 PM

I'll just go right from the top on Google News.

Reuters: "FATAL JEWISH CENTER SHOOTING A HATE CRIME."

CNN: "SEATTLE PROTECTS TEMPLES, MOSQUES AFTER 'HATE' SHOOTINGS"

Daily Telegraph: "SIX GUNNED DOWN IN HATE CRIME"

Seattle PI column: "VIOLENT HATE CRIME IS ATTACK ON ALL OF US"

I could continue.

Posted by: dan at July 29, 2006 12:57 PM

Well, that's good to know. I didn't see, as I said, but one early this morning.

Posted by: Hube at July 29, 2006 01:00 PM

I have to ask... was it just typical "blogger's hyperbole" or did you truly, honestly believe that this would not be classified as a hate crime by both the authorities and the media?

Posted by: dan at July 29, 2006 01:45 PM

I just hope we do not see a repeat ANYWHERE.
This town just had a bunch of murders....what is going on? Is it the pollution filtering in from China across the Pacific? haha...not too funny I know...

Posted by: Nancy Willing at July 29, 2006 03:36 PM

I figured it would be eventually, dan. But it's usually always that "wait and see" attitude when it involves someone other than a white male.

Posted by: Hube at July 29, 2006 03:39 PM

Fair enough.

Posted by: dan at July 29, 2006 04:42 PM