The man charged with the Arkansas military recruiter shooting might have considered other targets including some in the Philly area, according to law enforcement officials.
Officers found maps to Jewish organizations, a child care center, a Baptist church, a post office and military recruiting centers in the southeastern U.S., New York and Philadelphia, a joint FBI-Homeland Security intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press said.
"Out of an abundance of caution, and in light of newly discovered information, the FBI cannot rule out additional subjects, targets or the potential for inspired copy cats who might act out in support of the original act," the intelligence assessment said.
Muslim-convert Abdulhakim Muhammed pleaded not guilty to Monday's deadly shooting in a suburban Little Rock, Ark. shopping center where 23-year-old Pvt. William Long was killed and 18-year-old Pvt. Quinton I. Ezeagwula was wounded.
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Authorities said Muhammed targeted soldiers "because of what they had done to Muslims in the past."
Muhammad is currently charged in state court, but FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said Wednesday that the bureau is also investigating, "which may result in additional federal charges and prosecution."
Long and Ezeagwula both completed basic training within the past two weeks and had never seen combat. They volunteered to help attract others into military service.