Police say the victim, a 25-year-old Muslim of Somali heritage, had been participating in nightly Ramadan prayers at the mosque on Monday when the shooting occurred. Two suspects fled the scene of the shooting. No motive has been established, but a police official told CAIR that authorities are exploring “all avenues.”
“Given recent incidents targeting Muslims or those perceived to be Muslim nationwide, it would only be prudent to investigate a possible bias motive in this case,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Yesterday, CAIR called for state and federal hate crime charges against two men who allegedly called a California assault victim “Taliban” and “terrorist” during an attack there. And last week, CAIR issued a similar call for civil rights charges after an apparent bias-motivated attack on Muslims in New York. The FBI now says it is monitoring that case.
CAIR also recently reported that anti-Iranian graffiti was scrawled inside a Muslim-owned store in Philadelphia that was ransacked by vandals.