Queens imam and assistant shot dead while walking home from mosque

Queens imam and assistant shot dead while walking home from mosque
(Image: Screen grab of CBS 2 NY video)

[Ed. – An appalling event, which seems to have occurred in daylight with multiple witnesses.  Police have surveillance video showing the killing, although the unidentified suspect was still at large on Saturday afternoon.  A photo caption in the article says this: “Witnesses said the shooter was tall and Hispanic. They said the man was carrying a large handgun and wearing a dark blue shirt and short pants.”  The police describe him as having a “medium complexion.”]

An imam and his assistant were shot and killed in broad daylight as they walked home from a mosque in Queens.

Police said a gunman walked up to religious leader, Maulama Akonjee, 55, on Saturday afternoon as he and his assistant, Thara Uddin, 64, were leaving the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Ozone Park.

Both men were rushed to Jamaica hospital, where Akonjee, a married father-of-three, was pronounced dead.

His assistant died about fours later. …

Local residents described the imam as a pious, well-respected member of the community, the Daily News reported. …

During a press conference Deputy Inspector Henry Lautner said…’At this time, a motive has not been determined, and we are currently conducting an extensive canvass of the area for video and additional witnesses.’

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