Man Arrested in Military Murder

Published June 2, 2009

Police arrested a 24-year-old African-American convert to Islam Monday in connection with the shooting death of one soldier and wounding of another at an Arkansas military recruiting center.

Little Rock, Ark., Police Chief Stuart Thomas said that Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, whose birth name is Carlos Bledsoe, is looking at charges of first-degree murder and 15 counts of engaging in a terrorist act. Thomas said there are “political and religious motives” behind the shooting.

At first, military officials called the shooting a random act; they now believe Thomas acted with the "specific purpose of targeting military personnel."

Killed in the violence was Pvt. William Long, 24; Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, was wounded but is in stable condition. Both victims were fresh out of boot camp and had not yet been deployed.

"I'm relieved there's a suspect in custody," said Capt. Matthew Feehan, commander of the center.

Written by BET.com Staff

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