CO: Mosque Damaged By Apparent Gunfire


GREELEY MOSQUE DAMAGED BY APPARENT GUNFIRE

Abu Faraj of Greeley was concerned Thursday when he discovered that the mosque he oversees had been shot at three times sometime during the day.

Faraj, who said he is the head of the community at the Islamic Center of Greeley Mosque, 1600 8th Ave., said this is not the first time something like this has happened there.

A mosque is a place of worship for people of the Islamic faith.

Faraj said it appears as though the shots came from a BB gun or a .22-caliber automatic weapon that had been fired from a distance. Three holes impacted the window, which cracked in several places but did not shatter.

"We have lived here for 32 years in this country and are American citizens," Faraj said. "I don't understand why someone would have done this."

He said he is worried for the members of the mosque, which consists of about 27 people who are mostly students from the University of Northern Colorado. . .

The last time the mosque was fired upon, about three years ago, no suspects were found. Since then, Faraj has replaced the side door with a bullet-proof metal. Now, he is considering adding bullet-proof windows, he said.

 


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