According to The Daily Wire, FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno told reporters after the incident that the agency believes the suspect “was singularly focused on one issue.”
“We do believe from our engagement with this subject that he was singularly focused on one issue, and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community,” he said, according to Breitbart. “But we are continuing to work to find [the] motive.”
“Just a coincidence”
As The Daily Wire reports, many took to social media to point out just how nonsensical the statement was from the FBI. Among them was the Washington Examiner‘s Seth Mandel.
“[The suspect] took a shul hostage and demanded to free a notorious antisemite and forced one rabbi to call another rabbi in NY to help with this,” Mandel wrote, according to The Daily Wire. “Motive is likely indigestion, though we can’t rule out ‘lost a bet.'”
The Economist’s Gregg Carlstrom chimed in: “Just a coincidence that he targeted a house of worship used by this one particular religious minority, a coincidence that seems to happen an awful lot throughout history.”
The Spectator‘s Stephen L. Miller drew a poignant contrast between this situation and the Biden administration’s targeting of parents at school board meetings across the country.
“Parents at school board meetings are instantly labeled domestic terrorists in writing on official [Justice Department] letterhead,” Miller wrote. “Armed guy takes Jewish hostages at synagogue during religious services demanding the release of an anti-Semitic convicted terrorist is a mystery [the FBI] can’t solve.”
Suspect dead after standoff
The 11-hour standoff took place at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday.
According to The New York Times, the suspect, who is now deceased, has been identified as Malik Faisal Akram, a British citizen. Akram is said to have traveled over to the United States about two weeks ago via New York’s JFK International Airport.
Upon entering the synagogue, Akram took four hostages. All were released after hours of negotiations. The 44-year-old suspect was shot and killed by police.
“It’s very likely this situation would have ended very badly early on in the day had we not had professional, consistent negotiation with the subject,” DeSarno said late Saturday, according to The New York Times.