It’s rather astounding how the media twists things around these days, especially when it comes to Donald Trump. Agree with Trump or not, it’s hard to deny that the media has been targeting him with an unprecedented fury.
Robert Gehl reports that a lone gunman opened fire on a New York City Muslim church leader and his assistant as they walked after Saturday Prayers. One of them was killed, the other wounded.
The gunshots rang out in Queens near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid Mosque in Ozone Park, leaving both men lying on the ground in their own blood just a block from the house of worship, according to witnesses.
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They were wearing Muslim attire when they were shot in the head on 79th Street, police said. The police didn’t identify which of the two men were killed or whether or not the killer said anything before he started shooting, The New York Post is reporting.
Following the shooting, dozens of angry Muslim man gathered at the murder scene, insisting it was a hate crime and immediately blamed Donald Trump.
“That’s not what America is about,” said local resident Khairul Islam, 33. “We blame Donald Trump for this … Trump and his drama has created Islamophobia.”
Witnesses described a chaotic scene where the shooter started firing at the two unarmed victims in the middle of a blistering August afternoon. From The New York Daily News:
“We are devastated,” said Kobir Chowdhury, president of a second neighborhood mosque. “We needs to get to the bottom of this. We need to know if they did this just because of our religion.”
“All of a sudden I heard five shots,” said the witness, who declined to give his name. “I knew it wasn’t firecrackers. And then the commotion of the emergency (vehicles), and that’s when I knew.
“When I came here, they were doing CPR to both of the people on the ground.”
Local residents described the imam as a pious, well-respected member of the community. He planned on leaving for Bangladesh in 10 days to attend his son’s wedding, and has been head of the local mosque for four years, said Ahmed Zakria, a member of the mosque.
The imam is “a very sweet, soft-spoken, humble man,” said Chowdhury, 40. “He’s a role model as an imam, as a father, as a community member. He didn’t have any disputes with anybody.”