Family of Harrisburg gunman say they’re shocked: ‘That’s not his behavior at all’

Ahmed Soweilam is still in shock over the events of Friday night, the night his sister’s ex-husband is accused of going on a two-hour shooting spree across Harrisburg.

Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, is accused of firing at police officers in three locations across the city between 4 and 6 p.m., leaving one officer wounded, before El-Mofty was shot and killed by police.

Ahmed Soweilam, 34, the co-owner of a Halal store in Camp Hill, said he and his family are still deeply confused by the incident.

“That’s not his behavior at all,” he said. “That’s not him. I still don’t believe it.”

Soweilam said he and his family had largely been estranged from El-Mofty prior to Friday night. El-Mofty had been married to Soweila’s sister until they separated about six years ago.

Soweilam said that El-Mofty, who had worked as a security guard in Harrisburg, then moved back to Egypt, his former home.

Soweilam’s sister remained in Camp Hill with her and El-Mofty’s two children.

Ola Soweilam talks on the phone at her store, El Ola Mediterranean in Camp Hill, on July 18, 2016. Her family has expressed shock that her ex-husband targeted police in a shooting spree Friday night. 

As far as Soweilam is aware, El-Mofty lived in Egypt until a few months ago when he moved back to Harrisburg.

But Soweilam said he had relatively little contact with him even after he’d moved back to Harrisburg.

What made the incident most confusing, Soweilam said, is that he had always known El-Mofty as a peaceful man. According to Soweilam, El-Mofty had no history of violence or mental illness.

“He’s not the perfect guy but he’s not an aggressive person,” he said.

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Soweilam, who is from Egypt himself and has lived in the U.S. for 19 years, said he and his family have fully cooperated with police.

Soweilam said that one of his family’s biggest concerns is that they will be harassed because…

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