[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.’