Racially and religiously driven attack fuels Muslim advocacy group

01/02/13 Janelle Irwin
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The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR today called on the FBI to investigate a shooting attack in which a man perceived as "Middle Eastern" and Muslim was shot in the face at least twice with a pellet gun.

CAIR officials said the man attacked was harassed with racial slurs as he was leaving a Walmart at 3 this morning. A police report indicates that the shooting victim was asked if he is Middle Eastern and whether he is Muslim. He reportedly answered "no" to each question.

Hassan Shibly is the executive director of the Tampa chapter of CAIR.

CAIR-Tampa has been calling on increased security at mosques and Islamic schools since last month when a woman was arrested for carrying a sword into a mosque at a school campus.

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