ALBANY- A 28-year-old man, identified as Mufid Fawaz Alkhader, allegedly fired two rounds from a shotgun outside Temple Israel, shouting “Free Palestine” during the incident. No injuries were reported in the shooting near 2 p.m. on the synagogue grounds.
Alkhader was swiftly taken into custody and is under investigation by a counterterrorism task force in Albany. The FBI charged him with firearm possession, a felony carrying a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
Temple Israel staff initiated a lockdown upon spotting the armed man, ensuring the safety of occupants, including children in an early childhood center. Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins confirmed shell casings were found on the synagogue’s staircase.