Dearborn — The FBI introduced there was “no indication” a suspect accused of beginning a hearth on the Al-Huda Islamic Middle mosque and firing at Dearborn officers exterior was politically or ideologically motivated.
Josh Hauxhurst, particular agent for the FBI’s Detroit workplace, informed a crowd of greater than 150 individuals gathered contained in the Dearborn mosque on Saturday there was no proof that suspect Ahmed Taqi, who was killed within the assault by police, acted as a part of a gaggle both.
“He will be the solely one who is aware of why he set the hearth,” Hauxhurst informed the members of the Al-Huda group, religion leaders from throughout the area and members of the general public and media who gathered Saturday.
“We regularly see telegraphing of motives in circumstances. We have not seen that on this case,” Hauxhurst mentioned.
Dearborn Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud, the FBI and Dearborn metropolis officers arrange the group occasion Saturday morning to offer an replace on the ongoing federal and local investigation into the Feb. 12 incident.
“The objective right here was to exhibit that what occurred one week in the past was an remoted incident … and we stand wholeheartedly in unity collectively,” Hammoud mentioned.
There have been no threats in opposition to locations of worship within the metropolis because the incident, Hammoud mentioned.
Taqi is an Iraqi nationwide who labored as a translator, Hammoud mentioned, however he couldn’t say whether or not he was a Sunni or Shiite or whether or not he labored for the U.S. Military.
Dearborn police Chief Issa Shahin mentioned the suspect fired at officers exterior the mosque inside three seconds of their arrival which is once they discovered the mosque on fireplace at about 1:10 a.m.
Taqi fled on foot and police adopted him for 19 minutes and pleading him to drop his weapon, Shahin mentioned. The suspect fired once more at officers who returned fireplace, fatally wounding the suspect.
Hammoud mentioned cops had already found the hearth and have been on the scene earlier than any 9-1-1 calls got here in as a result of the town has common patrols in neighborhoods
Officers mentioned Taqi has a historical past of psychological sickness and a number of other 9-1-1 calls had been made to his household’s house in Dearborn and to a resident in Oakland County, a few of which resulted in hospitalization, Hammoud mentioned.
Police mentioned how the suspect obtained the gun stays underneath investigation, and whether or not it was legally bought has not been decided. Shahin mentioned he didn’t have a hid pistol license.
Members of the group applauded after lots of audio system made their feedback. Khalil Othman, of Dearborn, nonetheless had questions, asking the group to elucidate its touch upon social media that the suspect had a psychological sickness.
“This man is 37-years-old and he lives in our group. They mentioned he has psychological well being points. So I am certain there have been reviews of this man all through his life,” Othman mentioned. “I am actually glad the FBI confirmed there isn’t any political or ideological motive however the second half remains to be up within the air.”
There are two investigations within the matter: the arson on the mosque is underneath investigation by the FBI with help from Dearborn police and the taking pictures is underneath investigation by the the Michigan State Police with the Detroit police division.
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, attended the group assembly on Saturday, saying the nation shouldn’t be divided, it is disconnected.
“It is a place of peace the place all of us come along with our households,” Tlaib mentioned of the mosque. “It’s a place that must be sacred, it must be protected. To see inner-faith linked and other people coming collectively, it is a beautful factor.”