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Philly Man Charged for Attempted Murder ‘in the Name of Islam’

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Philadelphia man Edward Archer, 30, was charged with attempted murder and denied bail on January 9, two days after a surveillance camera seemingly caught him trying to shoot a police officer. Law-enforcement officers say Archer launched the attack “in the name of Islam.”

He also faces charges of “aggravated assault, assault of a law enforcement officer, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime with intent, and other related weapons charges,” according to local Fox News affiliate WTXF.

Police officers believe Archer fired his weapon 13 times, with the video evidence suggesting he tried to shoot Jesse Hartnett at point-blank range. Hartnett escaped with just three bullet wounds to his left arm.

FBI investigators are looking into two trips Archer made to the Middle East – one to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and then a visit of several months to Egypt a year later.

This video includes CCTV footage of Archer.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org