LA MIRADA - The vandalism of a La Mirada mosque is not being investigated as a hate crime, Sheriff's Department officials said Tuesday.
Someone threw a rock through the mosque's newly installed rear doors between 2 and 6 p.m. Monday, according to Rezaur Rahman, the president of Muslim Community Services Inc.
"This is not being classified as a hate crime right now because there is nothing to substantiate it as one," said Lt. Pat Valdez of the sheriff's La Mirada Station. "(But) we are very concerned about it and have already notified our department's Terrorism Early Warning Group."
The congregation finished prayer at 2 p.m. Monday and Rahman did not return until before the evening's prayer session.
"Everything was fine before I left the mosque yesterday afternoon, and when I returned later that evening, I noticed shattered glass on the floor near our newly installed doors," Rahman said. "I found a rock lying among the shattered glass and was very surprised that it could have broken through our very strong, double-layered doors," he said. (More)