CRIME

Muslim Man Shot Near Mosque In Texas

Police said there's no indication that the attack was a hate crime, but its proximity to the mosque has some members worried.

A Muslim man on his way to prayer services was attacked in Houston early Sunday morning, ABC 13 reported.

Houston Police told HuffPost that the victim was shot in the parking lot of his home, which is down the street from the mosque he attends. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, police said.

Mohammed Imaduddin, a spokesperson for the mosque, told ABC 13 that the victim, a doctor, was ambushed by three people.

Police said there's no indication that the attack was a hate crime, but its proximity to the mosque has some members worried.

"It is very scary right now given the current political climate," Imaduddin told the station. "This is a community place, we have kids that come here."

ABC 13 identified the mosque as Madrasah Islamiah, which was the target of arson in 2011

The incident comes the day after another Muslim man was beaten outside of a mosque in Florida.

While Houston Police cautioned that the shooting appeared to be a robbery attempt and not a hate crime, violence and threats against Muslims have increased in the months since the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, both committed by radical Islamic attackers. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has vowed to ban all members of the religion, numbering around 1.6 billion worldwide, from entering the U.S.

This article has been updated to include additional information from the police.

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