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DHS calls Pennsylvania capitol shooting a 'terror attack'

Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty. (Photo: Dauphin County District Attorney's Office)

The Department of Homeland Security has called a Friday evening shooting at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building a terror attack.

A gunman, identified as 51-year-old Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, intentionally fired at police officers at multiple locations around the capitol building in Harrisburg, according to local authorities. The suspect injured one officer before he was fatally shot.

DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton declared the shooting "a terror attack" in a Saturday press release.

El-Mofty became a naturalized U.S. citizen as a result of extended family chain migration, according to the DHS statement. "Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty was a naturalized U.S. citizen who was admitted to the United States from Egypt on a family-based immigrant visa," Houlton said.

The DHS official said the shooting in Harrisburg highlights theTrump administration's concerns about extended family chain migration.

"Both chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program have been exploited by terrorist to attack our country," Houlton stated. He continued that these immigration programs "make it more difficult to keep dangerous people out of the United States and to protect the safety of every American."

During a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Donald Trump promised to end chain migration, claiming the immigration program allows the "worst people" into the country. "So, that's not going to be happening anymore. We're going to end it," Trump said.

El-Mofty reportedly opened fire at a capitol police officer's car at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday. He fired several shots at a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, injuring her. The officer has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

After the suspect was shot and killed, officers found "a device" near his body. The situation was handled by the Harrisburg Bomb Squad and local authorities.

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