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FBI says gunman wanted to die, not kill others

3 years 9 months 3 days ago August 23, 2013 Aug 23, 2013 Friday, August 23 2013 August 23, 2013 9:48 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

BATON ROUGE - As a town begins to heal, new information is released from federal agents that may reopen wounds. The FBI said Friday, they interviewed Fuaed Abdo Ahmed two times before his deadly attack in St. Joseph.

LSU Police said they were involved about possible issues concerning the shooter at a Tensas State Bank branch earlier this month.

"It's something we have prepared for," said LSU Police Cpt. Cory Lalonde.

April 2013 was the first time Lalonde heard of Ahmed. He remembers a call from the Student Health Center, who were contacted by the Department of Homeland Security for information about any treatment Ahmed may have had in Baton Rouge.

"They had not," said Lalonde. "At that time they thought it was kink of an odd call so they had contacted us."

At the same time, the FBI interviewed Ahmed in Yemen. He was stopped by authorities after his family thought he was missing or kidnapped. The FBI said Ahmed told them he just left home and was not kidnapped. During that interview, Ahmed mentioned LSU several times.

In June, Ahmed was detained on his way back from Yemen, after federal agents found a photo of him holding an AK-47 on his Facebook page. LSU police were contacted by Homeland Security. Police then contacted the FBI to coordinate investigations.

"Obviously if he would be coming back into the Baton Rouge or LSU community, that's something that we would kind of want to know about," said Lalonde.

The FBI also questioned Ahmed about messages on his Facebook page concerning a device in his head and suicidal thoughts.

Ahmed told the FBI he wanted to die, but not kill anyone.

In an FBI report obtained by WBRZ News 2, agents said Ahmed was carrying notes with him, describing his issues and plan for help.

The FBI briefed LSU police and other authorities with the information. They also issued a state wide law enforcement bulletin with information from his interviews.

State Police are still investigating the shooting.

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