Michigan City — Muslim leaders consider thousands of dollars in damage at a Northwestern Indiana mosque a systematic hate crime.

Vandals recently have scratched graffiti on a sign and shot out windows at the Michigan City Islamic Center, causing $8,600 in damage, police say.

Center President Abraham Hakim, whose family has lived in the Michigan City area for decades, said all 10 windows were shot only once. Thrill-seeking teenage vandals wouldn’t be so methodical, he believes.


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