A 52-year-old man was shot outside of the Islamic Center of Rhode Island in Providence on Friday morning.
According to CNN, Rhode Island officials say the man was selling Islamic goods during the time of the shooting. They say he stopped to fold some items when he was shot in the buttocks.
The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, 10 WJAR reports. Patricia Socarras, the city’s director of communications, told CNN that the victim appeared to suffer non-life-threatening injuries.
Abdul Latif Sackor, president of the Islamic Center of Rhode Island on Haskins Street, said in an interview with 10 WJAR that the shooting has shaken members of the mosque.
“We haven’t had this type of issue until recently,” Sackor said. “Islamophobia and Muslims getting targeted and also our Jewish brothers and sister getting targeted, so a lot of this is increasing.”
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