A Muslim man was shot outside a mosque in Rhode Island as he set up a table to sell Islamic clothing on Friday morning. 

He was bending down to arrange his table outside the Islamic Center of Rhode Island around 11.40am when a suspect in a vehicle opened fire on him and quickly fled the scene.

The man, who remains unidentified, sustained a non-life-threatening injury and was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment, according to authorities.

Imam Abdul-Latif Sackor said that the shooter lingered across the street for approximately 20 minutes before discharging a gunshot. 

He believed that the shooting was a targeted attack, not necessarily directed at the victim, but rather aimed at the mosque and the Muslim community.

As of Friday afternoon, the suspect has not been identified, and there have been no arrests made in connection. 

A Muslim man was shot outside a mosque in Rhode Island as he set up a table to sell Islamic clothing on Friday morning

A Muslim man was shot outside a mosque in Rhode Island as he set up a table to sell Islamic clothing on Friday morning

While he was bending down to arrange his table outside the Islamic Center of Rhode Island at around 11.40am, someone in a vehicle opened fire on him and quickly fled the scene

While he was bending down to arrange his table outside the Islamic Center of Rhode Island at around 11.40am, someone in a vehicle opened fire on him and quickly fled the scene

The man, who remains unidentified, sustained a non-life-threatening injury and was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment, according to authorities

The man, who remains unidentified, sustained a non-life-threatening injury and was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment, according to authorities

‘I think it was more directed towards the Muslims,’ Sackor said. ‘We’ve been here for years and we haven’t had this type of issue until recently,’ he added.

Sackor told the Boston Globe that the suspect, who wore glasses and a mask, had sat in a sedan with Massachusetts license plates in the parking lot across the street from the mosque. 

He and others inside the mosque had assumed that the person was early for the prayer services, which was scheduled at 11.30 am.  

Providence Police Major David Lapatin said the victim is affiliated with the mosque and regularly sells clothing on Fridays at 39 Haskins St. 

Sackor said the shooting was captured on camera, although there have been no surveillance footage released in connection with the incident.  

‘He was here before 11.30 am thinking all the Muslims were going to come for the prayer at 11.30am, and he just saw an opportunity,’ Sackor said. ‘He saw his opportunity and took it.

‘We are Muslims here trying to live our lives. We are part of the community in America, all trying to live our lives. 

‘We’ve been here for years, and we haven’t had this type of issue until recently.’ 

Chief Oscar Perez said: ‘It’s sad. It’s a beautiful day here in the city. I’m pretty good friends with the imam here at the mosque, and so we’re here and we’ll be providing security throughout to ensure everyone is safe.’ 

A police officer happened to be driving by the area when he heard the gunshots. Detectives have arrived at the scene, talking to witnesses, Perez said. 

Chief Oscar Perez said a police officer happened to be driving by the area when he heard the gunshots. Detectives have arrived at the scene, talking to witnesses

Chief Oscar Perez said a police officer happened to be driving by the area when he heard the gunshots. Detectives have arrived at the scene, talking to witnesses

Imam Abdul-Latif Sackor said that the shooter stayed across the street for approximately 20 minutes before discharging a gunshot

Imam Abdul-Latif Sackor said that the shooter stayed across the street for approximately 20 minutes before discharging a gunshot

Imam believed that the shooting was a targeted attack, not necessarily directed at the victim, but rather aimed at the mosque and the Muslim community.

Imam believed that the shooting was a targeted attack, not necessarily directed at the victim, but rather aimed at the mosque and the Muslim community.

Providence Mayor Brett Smiley later released a statement Friday, saying he is ‘deeply saddened by this news.’

‘While we don’t know many details at this time, there is no room for hate in Providence and everyone in our community is valued,’ Smiley said.

‘Providence Police will work tirelessly to bring this individual to justice so that all our resident feel safe.’

 The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for a shooting. 

CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said: ‘We have witnessed an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in recent weeks,  

‘We urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this attack. 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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