Fear, shock and questions follow fatal shooting of four Muslim men in Albuquerque


Additionally, police have named Syed, 51, a prime suspect in the November 7 fatal shooting of 62-year-old Mohammad Ahmadi and the August 5 fatal shooting of 25-year-old Naeem Hussain.

A later story by Kaplan notes:

Authorities estimate that there are between 5,000 and 10,000 Muslims living in Albuquerque, representing various races, ethnicities and nationalities. Assed guessed that about 80% are Sunni and 20% are Shia. He said it is common for members of both groups to visit the Islamic Center of New Mexico.

Of the four Muslim men who were killed, three practiced Shia Islam. Syed was a Sunni Muslim, as was Muhammad Afzaal Hussain.

At The Associated Press, Stefanie Dazio and Mariam Fam report:

Investigators received a tip from the city’s Muslim community that pointed to Syed, who has lived in the United States for about five years, police said.

Police were looking for possible motives, including an unspecified “interpersonal conflict”.

When asked specifically if Syed, a Sunni Muslim, was angry that his daughter married a Shia Muslim, the deputy police commander. Kyle Hartsock did not respond directly. He said “the motivations are still fully explored to understand what they are”.

Finally, AP’s Susan Montoya Bryan details the latest information:

Members of New Mexico’s Muslim community pushed on Thursday for the Afghan refugee suspected of killing four Muslim men to remain behind bars pending trial – citing previous domestic violence charges and CCTV footage that appeared to show it slashing the tires of a vehicle parked in front of the local mosque.

The early 2020 video prompted leaders of the Islamic Center of New Mexico at the time to admonish Muhammad Syed and tell him not to return to the mosque.

The woman whose tires were punctured never turned herself in to police and no charges were brought, said Ahmad Assed, president of the Islamic Center.

But nearly two years later, her brother-in-law became one of the victims. Muhammad Zahir Ahmadi was shot last November behind the market he owned with his brother.

Stay tuned for more developments.

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