Bronx residents react to news that their neighbor is a suspected terrorist
Friends and neighbors of suspected Bronx terrorist Tarik Shah say they were shocked when they heard the accusations. Prosecutors claim 42-year-old Tarik Shah swore a formal oath of loyalty to al-Qaida. Shah, a jazz musician, was arrested at his Grant Avenue apartment last month. Officials say he allegedly offered to use his skills in martial arts to train terrorists. According to a federal indictment, during a two-year investigation he also expressed interest in chemical weapons, explosives and the possibility of opening an al-Qaida training camp in New York. Neighbors say they knew Shah as a musician who played at the Saint Nicks Pub every Friday with the Donald Smith Band. If convicted, Shah will face 15-years in prison and more than $250,000 in fines. His next court date is scheduled for the end of June.