MINNESOTA – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Minnesota is asking federal officials to investigate the shooting of two Muslim men who were shot down on the way to a mosque early Wednesday morning.
“The Muslim victims, who were dressed in Islamic attire, were reportedly attacked as they headed to a mosque to perform nightly Ramadan prayers,” the group said in a statement. “Two of the Muslim men targeted by the shooter were treated at a local hospital and then released. The incident is not currently being investigated as a hate crime.”
One victim, 22-year-old Hussein Gelle told Minnesota Public Radio that the shooter made disrespectful statements about Muslims before the shooting. He allegedly said “F*ck Muslims” before firing his gun.
Gelle was struck in the leg, but he and the other victim survived.
“I’m scared for not only myself but for Muslims in general that are living in the state but this country,” Gelle said. “I’m confused. I don’t know why because the guy, we did nothing to antagonize him. He wanted to shoot us. He said what are you guys going to do about it? He wanted something to happen.”
The Minnesota Police Department told MPR the incident isn’t being investigated as a hate crime as of this moment. No arrests have been made. No suspect has been identified.