A suspect has been arrested in the killing of a Queens imam and his assistant and despite assertions by at least one worshiper from the local mosque who pointed his finger at Donald Trump, the shooting had little to do with the GOP nominee.
Police sources say the man arrested, which witnesses identified as a Hispanic male, not only “knew the imam,” but may have been settling a score in a feud between Muslims and Hispanics, the New York Daily News reported.
So much for the claim by a local Muslim that “Trump and his drama has created Islamophobia.” A sentiment that contributed to several hundred angry protesters taking to the streets late Saturday calling for “justice.”
The newspaper said the suspect taken into custody Sunday night has not been charged or identified, nor would police confirm that a suspected killer was taken into custody.
Meanwhile, a video capturing the brazen attack in broad daylight was released:
Caution: Disturbing Content.
Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddinhis, dressed in traditional Muslim robes, were walking home from the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque shortly before 2 p.m. on Saturday when they were each shot in the back of the head.
It was in the killer’s haste to get away that he created the circumstances that led to his own downfall.
The Daily News reported that after pulling the trigger, the killer hit a bicyclist with his car while leaving the scene. The cyclist took down the car’s license plate number and gave it to police.
As for the feud, sources told the Daily News of an ongoing spat between Muslims and Hispanics in the neighborhood and said the incident may have been payback after a group of Muslims allegedly attacked some Hispanics a few weeks back.
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