- Pawnshop owner Ahmed A-Hady was arrested on a weapons charge after his number and business address was found on one of the shooters of Tuesday’s deadly Jersey City attack.
- A-Hady was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm after ammunition and guns were found during searches of his home and business.
- Officials did not link A-Hady to the Jersey City shooting, but said the searches “were connected to one of the perpetrators,” according to the Washington Post.
A pawnshop owner was arrested by the FBI on a weapons charge on Saturday after his phone number and business address was found on one of the shooters of Tuesday’s deadly attack of a kosher market in Jersey City.
Ahmed A-Hady was charged with one count of being a felon in a possession of a firearm after searches of his home and Keyport, N.J. store found ammunition and guns. Among the weapons were three “AR-15-style assault rifles” comparable to the guns used in the Jersey City shooting, according to the Washington Post.
A handwritten note with A-Hady’s number and store address was found in the back pocket of one of the two shooters that targeted a kosher market in Jersey City on Tuesday. Four people were killed, including police detective Joseph Seals, before the pair died during a shootout with police.
Two of the guns used by shooters David Anderson and Francine Graham were legally purchased in Ohio. However, officials did not disclose how three of the guns, including an AR-15, were obtained.
A-Hady was not specifically linked to the Jersey City shooting, the paper reported, but officials said the searches were “connected to one of the perpetrators.”
Following the attack, media outlets reported on Anderson’s ties to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. The group has been described as a hate group and anti-Semitic, and their members believe they are the true descendants of the ancient Israelites and other groups identifying as Jews are imposters.
On Thursday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the shooting would be investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism.
“The evidence points towards acts of hate,” Grewal said Thursday. “I can confirm that we are investigating this matter as potential acts of domestic terrorism fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs.”