Shooting near Houston mosque sparks calls for more security
HOUSTON (AP) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for heightened security at Houston-area mosques following the shooting of a Muslim heading to prayer.
Houston police are still looking for three suspects in the shooting of a man walking to the Madrasah Islamiah mosque early Sunday. The suspects allegedly approached the man in an apparent attempted burglary, and one shot him.
The victim was able to make it to the entrance of the mosque, where he gave someone his phone and said to call 911.
Police spokesman Victor Senties said Monday that there is currently no evidence the man was targeted due to his Muslim faith.
The council says Muslim community leaders should take extra measures for the approaching end of the holy month of Ramadan and the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr festival.