From: Chandler, Matthew
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2012 4:13 PM
To: Christina Munoz
Subject: RE: RESPONSE & REFERRAL: KATV - Little Rock shooting (UNCLASSIFIED)
Your inquiry should be directed to the Department of Justice.
From: Christina Munoz [mailto:cmunoz@KATV.com]
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2012 4:59 PM
Subject: FW: RESPONSE & REFERRAL: KATV - Little Rock shooting
My name is Christina Munoz and I work for KATV Channel 7 News, the ABC affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas.
I'm hoping you can help me out with a story I'm working on.
The families of the two men that were shot while standing outside a recruiting office in Little Rock in June of 2009 (Private William Long was killed, Private Quinton Ezeagwula was injured) are hoping to get Purple Heart awards for their loved ones.
I've been told the reason is because the incident was considered "criminal" and not an international act of terrorism. So my question now is... why?
The killer, Carlos Bledsoe aka Abdulhakim Muhammad, claimed to be a terrorist (trained in Yemen) and shot the men in uniform because of their uniforms and because of his hatred of the US military. Is there a set of guidelines used to determine whether an incident is classified as a terrorist attack? Or is it on a case-by-case basis?
I'd love to talk to you more about it... you can call anytime. Or you can email a statement or any other information that can help us out.
Thanks so much for your help!!
Channel 7 News