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Shots fired at mosque in Southern California



COACHELLA, Calif., Nov. 4 (UPI) — No one was injured early Tuesday morning when shots were fired at a mosque in Southern California.

Coachella police said the incident is being treated as a potential hate crime. There were people in the building when the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley mosque was hit.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Captain Andrew Shouse said at least five shots were fired, including one that struck a Toyota parked in front of the mosque.

A man who was in the mosque at the time told the Desert Sun there were four worshipers praying.

Salah Salah, a member of the board, said the mosque was founded 16 years ago in Coachella, an agricultural center 130 miles east of Los Angeles. It now has about 90 members.

“Somebody drunk? Something crazy? Nothing ever happened here before,” Salah said. “We are concerned about our safety, our security.”

Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, said the shooting should be taken seriously.

“Any time shots are fired at a house of worship, the FBI should offer its resources to local authorities to help determine whether or not there was a bias motive for the attack,” Ayloush said. “Our nation’s leaders also need to speak out against the growing level of anti-Muslim sentiment that can lead to such incidents.”

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  • Sam Seed

    Hate crime? Why not call it terrorism?

  • Jekyll

    You forget the scarasm

  • Lithium2006

    After yesterday’s election results (now we have double the amount of Islamophobic clowns in congress) I have a feeling this will only continue.

  • Lithium2006

    Because this isn’t the world of Minority Report. Plus, they do a lot more than just show up after incidents like this, they actually do work with communities and law enforcement agencies to prevent these kind of incidents are at least curb them. But really, only education can really fight off Islamophobia.

  • mindy1

    >:( we are living in dangerous times….

  • Wow that’s downright dangerous!

  • Jekyll

    CAIR always seems to be show up after a an accident or crime…why can’t they show up before ?

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