Omeed Popal's rampage could have been, but apparently was not, an instance of freelance jihadism. In Washington state there was possibly an instance of freelance ... something. I'm not quite sure what to call it. Revolutionary terror? A purge?
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is searching for five people who allegedly attacked a uniformed National Guardsmen walking along 138th Street in Parkland Tuesday afternoon.
The soldier was walking to a convenience store when a sport utility vehicle pulled up alongside him and the driver asked if he was in the military and if he had been in any action.
The driver then got out of the vehicle, displayed a gun and shouted insults at the victim. Four other suspects exited the vehicle and knocked the soldier down, punching and kicking him.
"And during the assault the suspects called him a baby killer. At that point they got into the car and drove off and left him on the side of the road," Detective Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.
The suspects were driving a black Chevy Suburban-type SUV.
The allegation may fall apart. A quick search for an update found a headline from the same source that read "Witness Claims Guardsman Attack Not What It Seems". The link is broken as of the original post time. If the allegation isn't true, there's a story in that as well.