CAIR Asks for Probe of Bias Motive in Shooting at Maine Mosque

Man shot after leaving mosque following nightly Ramadan prayers

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/1/09) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on state and national law enforcement authorities in Maine to investigate a possible bias motive in a shooting incident outside a Portland mosque that left one person seriously injured.

Police say the victim, a 25-year-old Muslim of Somali heritage, had been participating in nightly Ramadan prayers at the mosque on Monday when the shooting occurred. Two suspects fled the scene of the shooting. No motive has been established, but a police official told CAIR that authorities are exploring “all avenues.”