May 28, 2020

Drive-By Shooter Targets Indianapolis Mosque

Shots were fired Sunday night at the Masjid-E-Noor mosque. - Google Maps

Shots were fired Sunday night at the Masjid-E-Noor mosque.

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A drive-by shooting over the weekend sent bullets into a nortwest side mosque narrowly missing worshippers inside.

The shots were fired Sunday night at Masjid-E-Noor, near the intersection Lafayette Road and West 52nd Street. Surveillance video shows a car drive by as the shots were fired. The footage is blurry, but it's believed the vehicle is a red sports car.

A handful of worshippers were inside the mosque following a sunset prayer on Eid al-Fitr, a holy day celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of Ramadan. The mosque would ordinarily be packed with worshippers at the time of the shooting, but restrictions in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus prevented a larger gathering. 

Faith leaders are asking for the public's help in identifying the shooter. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, joined the Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network Thusday in calling for an investigation of a possible bias motive.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirms it is investigating.


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