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CAIR-MN to Call for Hate Crime Probe After Reports that Shooter Makes Anti-Muslim Remarks

CAIR logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/30/2016) – Later today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a news conference to call on the Minneapolis Police Department and the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for a Wednesday shooting in which the attacker allegedly made disparaging remarks about Muslims before opening fire.

The Muslim victims, who were dressed in Islamic attire, were reportedly attacked as they headed to a mosque to perform nightly Ramadan prayers. Two of the Muslim men targeted by the shooter were treated at a local hospital and then released. The incident is not currently being investigated as a hate crime.

Victim: Shooter Made Disparaging Remarks About Muslims Before Opening Fire

WHAT: Press Conference Calling for Hate Crime Probe of Shooting

WHERE: CAIR Minnesota, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413

WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 4:30 p.m.

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties 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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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726

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