NEWARK, N.J. — An imam was shot Wednesday morning outside a mosque in Newark, New Jersey.
Police said the imam was rushed to University Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.
The shooting was reported shortly after 6:15 a.m. outside Masjid Muhammad mosque on the corner of Camden Street and South Orange Avenue.
As CBS New York’s Christina Fan reported, the building appeared to be open for the 6 a.m. Fajr prayer — the first of five daily prayers — when the attack took place.
Hours later, Newark police officers could be seen positioned outside the entrance, while a state police helicopter monitored the situation from the sky.
According to its website, the mosque, formerly known as Temple #25, was founded in 1957 and is also home to Clara Mohammed School-Newark for students K-12. The website lists the names of a resident imam and two assistant imams.
CAIR-NJ, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, released a statement asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the police.
“We are deeply concerned about this incident and pray for the speedy recovery of the imam,” the statement said in part.
So far, there’s no word on a suspect or a motive in the shooting.
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