He may have been calm because he knew he was going to do a great act to serve Allah. (After all, it was he himself who mentioned that he was a Muslim in his first explanation of why he did it after the shooting.) "Officer: Haq calm when stopped 20 minutes before rampage," by Tracy Johnson for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (thanks to all who sent this in):
A Seattle police officer who pulled over Naveed Haq said everything about the encounter seemed routine, leaving no hint that in less than 20 minutes, the man would walk into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and open fire.
Officer Glen Cook told jurors Tuesday that he has since gone over that July 2006 traffic stop in his head over and over, "kind of second-guessing myself."
"Was there something I missed?" he wonders. "Should I have seen something?"
But what may be most important for jurors in Haq's ongoing King County Superior Court trial is the 32-year-old Tri-Cities man's demeanor during that brief run-in with police, which happened so close in time to the deadly shooting.
His attorneys contend that he was delusional when he forced his way into the federation's Seattle offices with two guns and a knife on that sunny Friday afternoon and shot six women, leaving one of them dead.
Prosecutors contend that he'd planned the attack and knew exactly what he was doing: Trying to make a political statement with his rant against Jews, U.S. foreign policy and the troops in Iraq....