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June 2nd, 2009
02:53 PM ET

Suspect in recruiting center shooting pleads 'not guilty'

[cnn-photo-caption image=[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/06/02/arkansas.recruiter.shooting/art.muhammad.courtesy.jpg caption="Abdulhakim Bledsoe, 23, faces a first-degree murder charge and 16 counts of engaging in a terrorist act."]

Arkansas Online

LITTLE ROCK — Man accused of shooting two soldiers Monday in front of a recruiting office pleads not guilty in shooting of Arkansas soldier and is ordered held without bond Tuesday.

Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23, is accused of shooting two soldiers in uniform in front of the Army-Navy Career Center on North Rodney Parham Road Monday. William Long, 23, of Conway died at Baptist Hospital. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville is expected to survive.

Muhammad pleaded not guilty to the charge of capital murder.

A prosecutor said Muhammad admitted shooting Long and another soldier “because of what they had done to Muslims in the past.”

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  1. Annie Kate

    Was the shooting about certain specific activities the victims had done themselves to Muslims in the past or were the activities done against Muslims in the past more generic and these victims simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? The quote doesn't make it clear if this is a reaction to specific actions taken by the victims or by general actions taken by the military or Americans in general. Either way its a tragedy.

    June 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  2. Heather

    The whitehouse choose to comment within hours on the shooting of an abortion doctor, but as of the last I have heard, he has not commented at all on the shooting of two soldiers at the recruiting center, by a muslim man.

    Maybe he is too busy preparing to show respect for Islam, to bother to show respect for American soldiers.

    June 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm |