33-year old Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett is recovering from gunshot wounds he received while sitting in his patrol car at the corner of 60th and Spruce Streets. A gunman leapt out of nowhere and unloaded nearly a dozen rounds into his door. The dispatcher could hear Hartnett calling “Shots fired! I’m shot! I’m bleeding heavily!” over the police radio. The whole thing was caught on video.
While you might not think this is very unusual, after all, cops get shot at all the time in the pursuit of their duties, there is something a bit different here.
The shooter, 30-year old Edward Archer, admits to pulling the trigger and the reason he gave for trying to murder Hartnett in cold blood? Islam. In a statement released by Commissioner Ross, “According to him, police bend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran.” I guess that means it’s okay to just shoot cops. “When you look at the video, this is one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen,” Commissioner Ross said. “This guy tried to execute the police officer. The police officer had no idea he was coming. It’s amazing he’s alive.”
Hartnett suffered significant injuries to his arm and was admitted to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He will need multiple surgeries and a long course of physical therapy to recover. After the shooting, Archer tried to escape on foot, but was shot in the ass by Hartnett. Good aim!
Worse yet, Archer used a gun that had previously been stolen from another police officer, so Hartnett was shot with a police issue 9mm. That’s adding insult to injury.
Of course, the Muslim community has come out denying any involvement in the incident and saying that Islam has nothing whatsoever to do with it. Religion always tries to distance itself from tragedy done in its name. But I’m sure Archer reads the same Qur’an as they do. If you can get these horrific teachings out of the same book, how can the book not be at least partially responsible?
I wish Officer Hartnett a speedy and full recovery and I hope that gunshot to the ass hurts Archer for the rest of his misbegotten fanatical life. This is what happens when you let religion run rampant in society. It’s just another Horror Show Sunday.