Thanks to a tip from a friend I was on the Columbus machete-attack story fairly quickly last night. At that time, details were kind of sketchy, but the story has fleshed out considerably in the subsequent 24 hours.
It turns out that there was more to this attack than a simple spree-stabbing.
From ABC News:
The machete-wielding man who allegedly injured four people in an attack at an Ohio restaurant before he was shot and killed by police was known to the FBI, but not under full scale investigation, law enforcement sources tell ABC News.
The suspect, identified as Mohamed Barry, 30, according to Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz, was in a law enforcement database which includes names potentially related to terrorism, sources said. Being in the database would have flagged him if he came in contact with local authorities.
The FBI is investigating the suspect’s motive, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at a news conference this afternoon, adding that the motive is not yet clear.
The motive was unclear…
Barry was a Somali Muslim who was known to the FBI. The restaurant had an Israeli flag near the entrance (he is actually an Israeli-Arab, not a Jew).
Hey Barney, solve this one or turn in your bullet.