Imam and Friend Gunned Down after Prayer in New York City, Saturday

تم نشره في Sun 14 August / Aug 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Members of the New York City Police Department establish a crime scene at the spot where Imam Alala Uddin Akongi was killed in the Queens borough of New York City, August 13, 2016. - (Reuters)

NEW YORK ― An imam and a member of his congregation were shot dead on Saturday when a lone gunman opened fire as the two were leaving prayer services, according to multiple reports.

The 55-year-old imam, Maulama Akonjee, and his 64-year-old associate, Tharam Uddin, were both pronounced dead later Saturday, The Associated Press reported.

Police said the lone gunman wasn’t captured and have not established a motive for the shooting, CBS 2 reported.

Several Muslim men reportedly gathered at the scene on Saturday afternoon, telling journalists that they suspected a hate crime.