Via the AP:
SEATTLE – The man accused in last week’s shooting rampage at the Jewish Federation office that left one woman dead was charged Wednesday with nine felony counts, including violation of the state’s hate-crime law.
Naveed Afzal Haq is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in the death of Pamela Waechter, 58, director of the Jewish charity’s annual fundraising campaign. Five other women were wounded.
Prosecutors have 30 days to decide whether to seek the death penalty.
“Make no mistake, this was a hate crime,” King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng told a news conference. “The attack on these women was an attack on the Jewish community, not only in Seattle but throughout our nation and the world.”
The gunman broke into the charity’s building on Friday. According to court documents, Haq talked to 911 operators from the office, identified himself by name and said: “This is a hostage situation and I want these Jews to get out.”
He later added: “These are Jews and I’m tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East.”
I hope prosecutors decide to seek the death penalty.
Jihad Watch notes a factoid that AP reporter Gene Johnson (deliberately?) left out of his article:
In this AP story on Naveed Haq, “Man charged in Seattle shooting rampage” (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist), Gene Johnson of AP leaves out Haq’s declaration, “I’m a Muslim American, I’m angry with Israel.” He does quote, however, Haq’s statement, “These are Jews and I’m tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East.”
This omission makes his grievance seem purely political — one that any self-respecting Leftist would share. This is compounded by the fact that Johnson also neglects to mention that Haq is Pakistani, thereby leading the reader to the impression that when he says “our people,” he must be Palestinian or Lebanese. After all, he couldn’t possibly mean “Muslim people,” could he? Everyone knows Islam is a religion of peace!