There was heightened security Saturday at a Brevard County mosque where Muslims continued their observance of the holy month of Ramadan, one day after someone opened fire on the facility.

Shots, apparently from a high-power rifle, rang out about 10 p.m. Friday and appeared to be aimed at a man who walked out of the Islamic Society of Brevard County on East Florida Avenue in Melbourne to use his cell phone, said Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Some of the bullets went into a room where nightly prayers were taking place, Bedier said. No one was injured.

The FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are joining Melbourne and Brevard County authorities in the investigation. Authorities said binoculars were found in a wooded area across from the mall.

Bedier said his organization has called on authorities statewide to protect Muslim houses of worship while calling on Islamic centers to step up their own security.


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