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Man threatens Muslim woman in parking lot
Man threatens Muslim woman in parking lot

BY A STAFF WRITER

CHARLOTTE, NC -- A Muslim American woman who was sitting in the parking lot outside an Indian grocery store in Charlotte, North Carolina, nursing her baby, was allegedly threatened by a man wielding a rifle.

According to a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the mother – who wears a hijab –was sitting outside India Grocers nursing her infant when a man pulled up next to her and pointed a rifle.

The woman said the man stared at her with a “menacing look.” She ran back inside the grocery store and asked the owner to call the police. When the police arrived, the man was gone.

A police described the suspect as a white male in his 40s or 50s who was driving a red pick-up truck.

The woman’s attorney, Mujtaba Mohammed, said his client was “kind of scared to come out and speak about it.”

“I mean she is distressed, she is a mother and she is worrying about her young babies,” Mohammed said.“This victim can’t even go to the grocery store without having to look over her shoulder.”

Mohamed wants the incident should be investigated as a hate crime.


Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR, said the organization believes the woman was threatened because of her faith and ethnicity. CAIR has asked for a full investigation of the incident.

“North Carolina has an ethnic intimidation law and I think that would be appropriate in this situation,” said Hooper.

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Update: 22-April-2017

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