Shooting of Muslim men will be investigated as possible hate crime
The shooting that wounded two young Muslim men in Minneapolis early Wednesday will be investigated as a possible hate crime, Minneapolis police confirmed Thursday.
Authorities announced that possible bias will be part of the investigation just before the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations held a news conference urging police and the FBI to look closely at whether the shooting was the result of anti-Muslim sentiment.
In the attack, which happened about 2 a.m. Wednesday near the University of Minnesota, an assailant allegedly made disparaging remarks about Muslims before opening fire on five young men clad in Muslim prayer robes called qamis. Two of the men, ages 22 and 19, were wounded when bullets struck them in the leg.