The killing of the NY imam appears linked to a dispute with Hispanics and not Trump
NY Daily News:
A man suspected of gunning down a Queens imam and his friend outside a mosque was taken into custody Sunday night, sources said.Those who were quick to blame Trump for the shooting appear to be mistaken. It looks more like a deadly turf war on some of the mean streets of New York City. Muslim attempts at domination likely provoked the attack if the police report is correct.
The motive in the horrific Saturday afternoon killings may be an ongoing feud between Muslims and Hispanics, according to sources. They said an NYPD Regional Fugitive Task Force was conducting what turned out to be a “brief surveillance” on the suspect in Queens when he rammed an unmarked cop car and officers nabbed him.
Police officials could not confirm whether a suspect was in custody.
Video of the Saturday night ambush showed the shooting was a planned execution.
Sources said that when the killer fled the scene of the murder in his car, he hit a bicyclist who took down his license plate.
Cops had been tracking him down ever since. Investigators were questioning him early Monday, and were waiting for a warrant to check his home.
Sources also pointed to an ongoing feud between Muslims and Hispanics in the neighborhood. A group of Muslims allegedly attacked some Hispanics a few weeks before, and the shooting may have been pay back.
At 1:50 p.m., the assassin quickly approached mosque leader Maulama Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 65, from behind at Liberty Ave. and 79th St. and shot them both in the head at close range. The double killing came just moments after prayers concluded at the Al-Furqan Jame Mosque in Ozone Park.
“This guy looks like he has shot a gun before. You don’t walk up behind someone, even from 5 feet, and just get two head shots. How many times you see cops fire 16 times and they hit the guy only twice?” a police source said.