(DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX, 2/15/16) â€“ On Tuesday, February 16, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold a news conference outside the Dallas County District Attorneyâ€™s office to express community concerns and demand answers over the release on bail of a suspect who allegedly carried out a deadly Christmas Eve shooting in which he reportedly targeted his victims because he believed they were Muslim.
WHAT: CAIR-Dallas to React to Release of Domestic Terror Suspect
WHEN: Tuesday, February 16, 4:30 p.m. (Local Time)
WHERE: Frank Crowley Courts Building, 133 N Riverfront Blvd LB 19, Dallas, TX 75207
CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 817-538-8269, firstname.lastname@example.org
The alleged shooter, 30-year-old Anthony Paz Torres, was reportedly freed in January, but the local Muslim community was never informed of his release by law enforcement authorities. He was reportedly re-arrested in February on another charge and was released the next day. Last month, CAIR-DFW called for the attack to be treated as an act of domestic terrorism.
Video: CAIR Says Dallas Anti-Muslim Murder Would Be Called 'Terrorism' If Shooter was Islamic
Torres, who wore a traditional Jewish cap (yarmulke), had reportedly visited Omarâ€™s Tire ShopÂ in Dallas two weeks prior to the attack. During that visit, he allegedly asked whether â€œOmarâ€ is Muslim. When told that he is, the alleged attacker reportedly replied, â€œAll these Muslims, theyâ€™re making problems for us,â€ and told employees at the site, â€œIâ€™m gonna come back and kill all of yâ€™all.â€
During the December 24 attack, Torres reportedly shouted â€œMuslimâ€ as he fired, killing one person and critically injuring another. Several other people suffered minor injuries. Torres was charged with murder and aggravated assault and was being held on $500,000 bail.
â€œWe are certain that if the alleged shooter in this case had been Muslim, he would never have been released and the attack would have rightfully been investigated as an act of domestic terrorism,â€ said CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem. â€œThe Muslim community is justified in its safety concerns following the unannounced release of an individual who is accused of a bias-motivated murder.â€
She noted that there has been an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim attacks since the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino shootings and Donald Trumpâ€™s inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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