Some have asked about the security at the building and just how Naveed Afzal Haq got in to try his hand at small scale genocide.
The man suspected in a fatal shooting rampage hid behind a potted plant in a Jewish charity’s foyer and forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13-year-old girl’s head, the police chief said Saturday.
Once inside, police say, Naveed Afzal Haq opened fire with two semiautomatic pistols. One woman, Pam Waechter, 58, of Seattle was killed at the scene. Five more women were wounded.
Haq, 30, was ordered held on $50 million bail Saturday pending formal charges of murder and attempted murder.
“He pointedly blamed the Jewish people for all of these problems,” Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said at a news conference Saturday.
According to a statement of probable cause, Haq told a 911 dispatcher: “These are Jews and I’m tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East.”
It is reported in unlinkable local news stories that Haq legally purchased two pistols in the Tri-Cities area of SE Washington, one in .40cal and the other in 45ACP, but it doesn’t say when. And with the extra mags he brought with him, the prosecutors have evidence of premeditation.
Someone in the comments asked if Haq will be charged with a hate crime. I seriously doubt it, and not just because it hasn’t been mentioned in the charging papers. Though Rita Zawaideh, from the Arab American Community Coalition has said that she believes “This was just definitely a real hate crime”.
The AACC and the American Arab Anti-Discrimiantion Committee have released a statement.
The Seattle Left-Wing blogging contingent have generally been either silent: Goldy at Seattle uber-leftist blog, HorsesAss is out of town and his fill-in has only linked to a couple pieces in a link-burst, but given no opinion or commentary; and the number 2 in the NW, the whale of a left-wing hate-monger, David Neiwert, hasn’t said a thing since Thursday. Maybe he’ll get around to it today?
Me, I’m just hoping that everyone recovers fully and is able to live beyond this, except for Haq, of course. He needs to die by having his body buried with just his head sticking out of the ground and his victims allowed to take a swing at his hate-filled noggin with the object of their choosing.
I am also hoping that this will not turn into another anti-gun tale of woe, like how the media and state anti-gun groups forgot about the drugs when the zombie-raver shot his fellow partiers.