Texas Attack Is Yet Another Case of 'Known Wolf' Terrorism, Suspect ID'd as Elton Simpson of Phoenix
The suspect had tweeted that he had been arrested in 2010. His Twitter account has been deactivated, but I'm trying to find the screenshot of the tweet I made last night. I'll post here when I find it.
From a U.S.-based jihadist supporter:
UPDATE: ABC has posted a picture of Simpson
Here's their report this morning:
Here is the court decision in that prior 2010 case:
UPDATE #2: Dallas Morning News adds more details, including his known association with Al-Qaeda traitor Hassan Abu Jihad:
Simpson told agents in 2010 that he planned to study Islam at a madrassa in South Africa, records show. He said he would be gone for five years and didn’t have “firm plans” for what he would do after his studies.
But in a 2007 recorded conversation, Simpson spoke about fighting non believers for Allah. He also spoke about Afghanistan and Iraq and “Jewish oppression of Muslims.” And he criticized those who “don’t believe that they should be over there fighting.”
The FBI also got him on tape in 2009 speaking to someone about his plans.
“It’s time to go to Somalia, brother,” he said. “We know plenty of brothers from Somalia…I’m telling you, man. We gonna make it to the battlefield, akee, it’s time to roll.”
Simpson said non believers, known as “kuffar,” are “fighting against us because they don’t want us to establish sharia,” records show.
And he told an associate that he could sell his car to finance a trip overseas to fight.
“That’s a plane ticket right there. Bye-bye America,” Simpson said.
Simpson in 2009 also told someone he sent a link to someone else about “how they gonna use the car with bombs on it.” He said he was going to school at the time but that it was “just a front.” [...]
When FBI agents visited Simpson in 2010, he asked them about an acquaintance, Hassan Abu Jihad, who was appealing his 2008 federal conviction in Connecticut for providing material support to terrorists.
Abu Jihad also was found guilty of “communicating national security information to persons not entitled to receive it,” records show. He was sentenced in 2009 to 10 years in federal prison. Simpson told agents he was concerned about Abu Jihad’s future.
Simpson said he knew Abu Jihad when the man lived in Phoenix previously. Abu Jihad was arrested in Phoenix in 2007.
UPDATE #3: The 2nd shooter has been identified as Elton Simpson's roommate, Nadir Soofi: