Muslims Blame Donald Trump for Imam Shooting


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Dec 25, 2015
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Imam and Friend Shot, Killed in Queens in Broad Daylight
by AWR Hawkins13 Aug 20160

On Saturday afternoon an Imam and his friend were shot and killed in Queens as they were walking home from their mosque.
A lone gunman was caught on video walking up behind the two about 2 pm, shooting both, then fleeing the scene. NYPD Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner said, “There is nothing in the preliminary investigation that would indicate that they were targeted because of their faith.”

According to the New York Post, the Imam, 55-year-old Maulama Akonjee, was walking with 64-year-old Thara Uddin when both were killed. The two men had just prayed at “Al Furqan Jame Masjid on 77th Street and Glenmore Avenue.”

Akonjee was originally from Bangladesh and one man who knew him described him as “the pope for [the] neighborhood.”

Mashuk Uddin saw his older brother lying on the ground after being shot. Mashuk said, “I don’t even know, nobody knows what’s going on. This broke my heart. I miss my big brother.”

One resident in the area heard the gunshots. The resident–who did not want to be identified–said there were “two shots, then more.” Afterward, the resident saw “a man with a gun running down the street.”

The resident said there were a number of other people around that could have been shot, but the gunman only killed Akonjee and Uddin.

Update: 10:45 ET

Photos of people rallying around slain imam in Queens:

UPDATE: A 2nd man has died after shooting outside New York City mosque

— ABC News (@ABC) August 13, 2016

Local Muslims blame Trump after Queens imam, assistant are both shot to death by gunman

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 13, 2016

A Muslim imam was killed in a shooting at close range in Queens

— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 14, 2016

Update: 10:12 PM ET

From the Daily Mail:

A crowd of angry Muslim men at the scene believe it was a ‘hate crime. One man said they blame ‘Donald Trump for creating Islamophobia’

Update: 10:06 ET

Palestinian activist

I can't help but have a knot in my stomach after learning of the murder of an imam in Queens right after afternoon prayers. Heartbroken.

— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) August 13, 2016

Random Trump hate

Gunman executes Imam and assistant as they walk home from NYC mosque Did Trump incite this?

— Girl Futurist (@GirlFuturist) August 14, 2016

and rightly so!! > ‘We blame #DonaldTrump for this’: Two dead including Queens imam in NY anti-Islam attack

— TariAkpodiete (@TariAkpodiete) August 14, 2016

I agree with them…

Donald Trump is to blame…

With his Islamphobic hate talk.

— James Wall (@Jamesbwall2) August 14, 2016

Update: 9:58 ET

Headline from the New York Daily News:

A Lone gunman executed a revered Queens imam and his friend as the pair walked home from Saturday prayers, blasting each in the back of the head without a word, officials said.

“Queens imam and his assistant shot to death by gunman in attack local Muslims blame on Donald Trump: ‘His drama has created Islamophobia’

Said local resident Khairul Islam, 33. “That’s not what America is about… We blame Donald Trump for this . . . Trump and his drama has created Islamophobia.”

Update: Aug 13 9:54 ET

From New York Magazine:

The suspected killer was described by police and witnesses as a tall Hispanic man carrying a large handgun and wearing a dark blue polo shirt and shorts. Police reportedly have video footage of the suspect, and are looking for surveillance videos and additionalwitnesses.


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Dec 25, 2015
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New York Muslims Blame Donald Trump for Imam Shooting

by Mona Salama13 Aug 20160

An Imam and his associate were killed Saturday in Queens, NY, shortly after leaving the mosque where they were saying their afternoon prayers.

The victims were identified by the NYPD as Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55 and Thara Uddin, 65. Both men were shot at close range in the head, just a block away from the mosque shortly before 2pm. The Imam was pronounced dead at the scene, while Uddin died four hours later at Jamaica Hospital.

The shooter, according to Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner from the 106th precinct, remains at large. According to Sautner, the shooter is a “male with medium complexion dressed in a dark polo shirt and shorts.” The authorities added that the motive has not been determined, but community members, predominantly Muslims, are calling the crime a hate crime. Most blame the shooting on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

“That’s not what America is about,” Khairul Islam, 33, a local resident told the Daily News. “We blame Donald Trump for this. Trump and his drama has created Islamophobia.”

Another Imam, whose name is unknown at the moment, also blamed the real estate mogul and former NYC mayor for the shooting. “For those in leadership like Trump and Mr. Giuliani, and other members of other institutions that project Islam and Muslims as the enemy, this is the end result of their wickedness,” the Imam said at a gathering of Muslims protesting the shooting.

Other Muslim gatherings were chanting “This is Donald Trump’s fault,” and “Muslim hate crime.”

Witnesses providing leads to the NYPD described the shooter as a tall man of Hispanic descent. The NYPD is currently conducting an extensive canvass of the area for video and seeking additional witnesses as the shooter remains at large.

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