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You can almost see Reuters writer Daisuke Wakabayashi sweating over every line of this report on the terror attack on the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle: Fatal Seattle Jewish center shooting a ‘hate crime’.

I’d love to see the editors’ emails that went back and forth from Britain to the US on this one.

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A lone gunman burst into a Jewish organization in downtown Seattle on Friday, killing one woman and wounding five others in what authorities were calling a hate crime.

Police said the gunman had been arrested without a struggle inside the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, where the shooting took place, and was being questioned by police.

The gunman is a U.S. citizen, and police said initial contacts with him by phone while he was inside the building indicated that he was a Muslim.

Amy Wasser-Simpson, the federation’s vice president, told the Seattle Times in a story on its Web site that the man got past security at the building and shouted, “I’m a Muslim American; I’m angry at Israel,” before he began shooting. [They couldn’t avoid this admission, since the Seattle Times already broke the story. —ed.]

“This was a purposeful, hateful act as far as we know, by an individual acting alone,” said Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels at a news conference, adding “This is a crime of hate.”

That elephant in the room is wearing a purple polka-dotted tutu. What? You don’t see it?

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