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FBI tracked gunman's trip, LSU Police alerted

3 years 1 month 4 weeks ago August 23, 2013 Aug 23, 2013 Friday, August 23 2013 August 23, 2013 4:09 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- The FBI said Friday it notified LSU Police about possible issues concerning the shooter in a hostage situation at a Tensas State Bank branch earlier this month.

Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, 20, shot and killed two bank employees in St. Joseph, Louisiana, hours after he let a third hostage go free. Laden McDaniel and Jay Warbington were shot as State Police agents stormed the bank when Ahmed warned a negotiator he was going to kill the pair. Troopers said they had to act when they did.

According to the FBI, Ahmed was questioned in Yemen in April, where he was visiting. Authorities were concerned about his travel after family members reported he may have been kidnapped and a picture was posted on his Facebook page showing him holding an AK-47.

"During the interview, Ahmed denied being kidnapped and said he had left home voluntarily. Ahmed indicated that he believed a device had been planted in his head that caused him to hear voices, and he had at times thought of killing himself but would never hurt others," the FBI reported in a statement.

Three months later, Ahmed was interviewed again at LAX airport, as he returned to the United States. Ahmed again insinuated suicide.

LSU Police told WBRZ News 2, the department was notified about the situation and issued a statewide bulletin concerning Ahmed, who attended LSU before the trip.

WBRZ News 2 is working to gather more on this developing story, and will have a full report on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00, including details about why LSU Police were notified and what officers released to other state agencies and police forces.
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