NEW YORK -- Local Muslims are expressing outrage after a leader of a New York City mosque and another man were fatally shot in a brazen daylight attack.
Police have released a sketch of a suspect believed to have shot Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and 64-year-old associate, Thara Uddin, in the head while on their way home from a local mosque, CBS New York reports.
"We feel really insecure and unsafe in a moment like this," Millat Uddin told CBS New York.
"It's really threatening to us, threatening to our future, threatening to our mobility in our neighborhood, and we're looking for the justice." According to the New York Daily News, Muslim men gathered at the scene to make clear that they viewed the attack as a hate crime.
"Let's not forget the compassion needed at this moment." "For a crime like this to happen in their own community and for the victim to be somebody that they love and respect and admire so much, it has deeply impacted this community," Ulrich said.