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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