Beating May Be Investigated As Hate Crime

A Muslim man reported being attacked outside a Mira Mesa supermarket by a man who beat him while screaming racial slurs, according to 10News.

Abdul Wahab Al-Sheikh said the assailant jumped him outside a Ralphs grocery store located at 9440 Mira Mesa Blvd. about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, punched him in the face and knocked out a front tooth.

The incident reportedly stemmed from a case of road rage, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations officials said they are asking police and the FBI to investigate the assault as a hate crime.

A white man in his mid- to late 20s was driving recklessly and pulled up next to the victim in the grocery store's parking lot, according to a CAIR news release.

During the attack, the aggressor shouted threats and epithets, at one point saying, "You (expletive) Arab ... get out of my country," according to the organization's news release.


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