FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday that the Bureau is investigating the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer as a terrorist attack. The statement, made at the Pittsburgh field office was reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and confirmed by media outlet Reuters along with an FBI spokesman.
Investigators are looking at whether the suspect, Edward Archer, was in communication with or inspired by anyone connected to the Islamic State.
Police have reported that Archer pledged allegiance to the Islamic State before opening fire on police officer Jesse Hartnett last week.
“Your parents' al Qaeda was a group that was focused on national landmarks, sophisticated... events, carefully chosen operatives, lots of surveillance, and then trying to deliver the big thing. That was al Qaeda's culture,” Comey said, according to the newspaper.
“This is entirely different, first in the way the message comes. They are crowd-sourcing terrorism, using Twitter and other forms of social media to try to motivate anybody” to conduct an attack, he was quoted as saying.
Law enforcement reported that a man had stopped while their were patrolling the area around the attack and said that Archer was part of a group of four men who may pose a danger to the police.