Shots Fired at California Mosque Investigated as Possible Hate Crime

No one was injured when shots were fired at a Southern California Mosque on Monday morning, but police said they are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. Four people were inside the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley when shots were fired, which hit the building and a vehicle, said Riverside County Sheriff's Office deputy Armando Munoz. The shooter got away, and police have no identifying information, Munoz said.

The Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for an FBI investigation into the crime. "Our nation's leaders also need to speak out against the growing level of anti-Muslim sentiment that can lead to such incidents," said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. Munoz said the FBI was made aware of the shooting, but the agency had not indicated they would get involved in the investigation.


— Elisha Fieldstadt