Both Muslims were shot in their ragged heads. And their Muslim pals are blaming Donald Trump! Police don’t think they were shot because of their faith.
CBS An imam and another man are dead following a double shooting in Queens on Saturday afternoon.
CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and a 64-year-old associate from his congregation were each shot in the head while on their way home from a local mosque by a man who came up behind them. The shooting took place near Liberty Avenue and 79th Street in Ozone Park around 2 p.m.
Witnesses said the imam from the Al-Furqan Masjid mosque had just delivered an afternoon service and was walking home with another member of the mosque when both men were gunned down.
The motivation behind the violence is still unclear, but many from the surrounding community who attend the mosque are calling this a hate crime.
“We feel really insecure and unsafe in a moment like this,” said Millat Uddin of Ozone Park. “It’s really threatening to us, threatening to our future, threatening to our mobility in our neighborhood, and we’re looking for the justice.”
Police said no motive has been established and there is no reason to believe the men were shot because they were Muslim. No suspects are in custody. “There’s nothing in the preliminary investigation to indicate that they were targeted because of their faith,” said Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner of the New York Police Department.
Kobri Chowdhury, 40, the leader of nearby Masjid al Amam, said the shooting is “just point blank [a] hate crime, hating Muslims.” The victim “looked Muslim in every aspect. They shot him because of his looks. It could have been me,” Chowdhury said. (Maybe next time)
Those who know the imam said he leaves behind a family, including a litter of children.
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