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Who Is Fuaed Ahmed?

Fuaed Ahmed

The tragedy in Monroe has many wondering who is this man who decided to hold three hostage inside a St. Joseph bank.

The gunman is 20-year-old Fuaed Ahmed, a University of Louisiana at Monroe student.  Police at the Tensas State Bank, where yesterday’s events took place, say he was not interested in robbing the bank.

Fuaed Ahmed

They say that he was out to prove a point and display his anger.

The Fresno, California, native’s last public post on his Facebook page displayed an image that talked about standing up to the government.

The photo shows a scene from the movie 300 showing a single man attacking an armed tank.

In bold, the text below the photo stated:

“Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free.”

The context of the emboldened text tells the story of a man frustrated with the ‘system,’ whether that’s a reference to his home life or with a problem with society.

Ahmed took three hostages inside the bank over several hours yesterday.  He shot two of them, one died and the other critically injured.  The third suspect was released.

Authorities say Ahmed had left a letter explaining exactly what he was doing.  They also say he was mentally unstable.

Read More About The St. Joseph Hostage Situation

Tony McCoy contributed to this report.

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