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(CBS) MERRILLVILLE The owner of the Aladdin Pita restaurant off U.S. Route 30 in Merrillville, Ind. was found shot to death Saturday morning inside of his restaurant.

Naseeb Mohammed was found fatally shot at the Aladdin Pita restaurant located at 3750 W. 80th Lane in Merrillville.

CBS 2’s Rafael Romo reports that owner was known for his generosity. Just yesterday, Naseeb Mohammed had a celebration at his restaurant and invited many members of the Islamic community. . .

No valuables were taken from the restaurant with the exception of just a few dollars from the cash register.

Friends of Mohammed say the portable safe wasn’t even touched.

“That leads me to the conclusion that possibly this could be a hate crime. And I hope that our authorities here, who are good friends of our community, look into all the possible angles,” Khan said.

Merrillville police are not confirming the shooting death was a hate crime. They say evidence points toward a robbery. Investigators with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department are also involved in the investigation, along with the FBI.


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