Shot Fired During Morning Prayer Service at South Suburban Mosque
Posted by Lauren Traut (Editor)
A bullet was reportedly fired Tuesday morning at the Prayer Center of Orland Park, 16530 104th Ave.
The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) is calling for an FBI hate crime investigation after the single shot was discharged through the dome of mosque around 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, according to a release on the website.
No one was injured.
Imam Nazir Chahin was leading prayer when the bullet reportedly penetrated the dome, and sent debris falling over the prayer service and its 40 worshipers, according to the release.
Orland Park Police were immediately contacted and are currently investigating the shooting.
CAIR-Chicago has contacted the Orland Park Police to request increased security patrols and is asking the FBI to investigate the shooting for a potential bias crime.
“Incidents such as this have a chilling effect on worshippers,” said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab. “No one should have to go to their place of worship worried if they’ll make it back home alive.”
Orland Park Police are investigating, according to CAIR.