A mosque in Tracy, California, fell victim to vandals on New Year’s Eve.
The incident, which was caught on surveillance video, occurred at the Tracy Islamic Center on West Larch Road.
The video reportedly shows a suspect throwing a large rock through one of the mosque’s windows.
Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento Valley/Central California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV/CC), has urged authorities to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.
“Because a house of worship was targeted by this act of vandalism, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this troubling incident, to conduct a swift and thorough investigation and to bring appropriate charges when a suspect is apprehended,” Elkarra said in a statement. “Despite these types of attacks, we will work to create safe places for Muslims and all other faith communities.”
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