A man who allegedly fired 18 gunshots at four cars, narrowly missing the occupants, as he drove through the Perth suburb of Beechboro has been arrested and charged by police following a high-speed pursuit.
Abdul Fatha Popal, 34, was taken into custody by heavily armed members of the police Tactical Response Group (TRG) after crashing his vehicle in Morley during last night’s chase. …
Popal, from Thornlie, is accused of shooting at four vehicles on Beechboro Road North between 7:00am and 8:00am on Saturday, near the Potters House Christian Centre.
One car was hit by seven rounds.
At least two bullets hit windscreens, with one shot narrowly missing the driver of one vehicle.
Police said it was lucky no-one was killed. …
No-one was struck by the gunfire, although detectives have not revealed how many people were in the cars when they were hit.
Those cars – a Hyundai Sonata, a Toyota Hilux, a Ford Ranger, and a Skoda Yeti — all allegedly received bullet holes from the gun, which Mr Popal was also accused of firing with intent to cause fear and not keeping secure.
Mr Popal is also accused of carrying a 60cm double edged dagger …
The court heard a nurse assessed Mr Popal as having delusions from ingestion of meth, but the psychiatric assessment showed no serious mental illness.
No mention of Islam in either report. But the ABC television news showed footage of the shooter’s home, which showed two women in Islamic garb including hijabs.
This fits a pattern of Islamic terrorism worldwide. ISIS fighters frequently get high before committing suicide bombings or terrorist attacks, so the meth is hardly surprising.
But strictly no connecting the dots by the ABC. What would the reporting have been if Abdul had manage to hit people instead of merely putting bullet holes in their cars?