Carlos Leon Bledsoe (a convert to Islam) opened fire in a drive by shooting with a rifle on June 1st, 2009 at the US Military Recruiting Office in Little Rock, Arkansas. Private William Andrew “Andy” Long, 23, of Conway, Arkansas, and Private Quinton I. Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, were standing outside the recruiting center in uniform, smoking cigarettes. They had just both finished their basic training. Bledsoe shot them both. Long died in route to the hospital.
After the shooting Bledsoe sped away. His plan was to get to Memphis where he planned to switch cars. But Bledsoe took a wrong turn down a construction zone and cops caught him 8 miles away from the Recruiting Office where he surrendered peacefully. When he surrendered he was wearing a green ammo belt. He also told the officers “It’s a war going on against Muslims, thats why I did it”. He also later said that he did not regard his action as murder, because American military actions in the Middle East justify the slaying of Americans.
When he was arrested he openly admitted to the shooting. He claimed that he wanted to kill as many army personnel as he could. When they looked in his car they found SKS rifle, a Mossberg International 702 rifle, two handguns, 562 rounds of ammunition, and military books. A police search of his apartment turned up Molotov cocktails, homemade sound suppressors, and compact discs labeled with Arabic writing. Also he had conducted research on other targets, including military sites, government facilities, and Jewish institutions throughout the country. Bledsoe was charged with capital murder, attempted capital murder, and 10 counts of unlawful discharge of a weapon. Bledsoe also reportedly faced 15 counts of engaging in a terrorist act.
Sentencing: On July 25, 2011, Muhammed was sentenced to life in prison. Although not charged with terrorism. After Bledsoe was sentenced he claimed that the attacks he committed were ordered by Al-Qaeda. He also claimed his lawyers pressured him into pleaded guilty to Capitol Murder and that he had issues understanding the whole severity of the situation.
Carlos Leon Bledsoe (Born-July 9th, 1985 in Memphis, TN) He converted to Islam in 2004 after a speech by Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, and then, to his parents’ dismay, decided to become a Sunni Muslim. He dropped out of college at the end of his sophomore year and began working odd jobs in Nashville hotels and restaurants. He was also becoming more religiously devout, spending time in Nashville’s Somali community, praying regularly at the Islamic Center of Nashville, wearing Arab-style clothing, forswearing alcohol and changing his name.
He later went to Yemen in 2007 too teach English and study Islam for 16 months. He was deported from Yemen after he overstayed his visa. He was caught overstaying his visa in 2008 when he was stopped at a road check point. He was also holding a fraudulent Somali passport. Which cost him a 2 month stay in jail there. In prison is where he started planning his attack.
His plan was to eventually go to Somali for bomb training but his jail stint prevented that. Not only was he deported to the US but the US fought to get him back.? In 2008 he married a woman from Yemen. He eventually moved to Little Rock to work and earn money to bring his wife over to the US. Bledsoe had also been interviewed by the terrorism task force when he returned from Yemen.
Muhammad said in his letters that none of his attacks had gone as planned. His initial plan was to kill “3 Zionist rabbis in Memphis, Little Rock, and Nashville. Then target recruitment centers, from the South to the nation’s capital. And other Zionist organizations in the northeast.” He used Google Maps to investigate targeting recruiting centers in at least five states (including ones in the cities of New York, Atlanta, Louisville, and Philadelphia), Times Square in New York City; Jewish institutions (including in Atlanta); a day-care center, a post office, and a Baptist church, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.