New Mexico: Prime suspect in murder of 4 Muslim men arrested
SuchTV | Aug 10, 2022
After days of bolstering security around Albuquerque-area mosques, seeking to allay fears of a shooter driven by anti-Muslim hate, police said on Tuesday they had arrested 51-year-old man, one among the city's immigrant Muslims.Authorities said the killings may have been rooted in a personal grudge, possibly with intra-Muslim sectarian overtones.All four victims were of Afghan or Pakistani descent. One was killed in November, and the other three in the last two weeks.A search of the suspect's Albuquerque home uncovered "evidence that shows the offender knew the victims to some extent, and an inter-personal conflict may have led to the shootings," police said in a statement announcing the arrest.Investigators are still piecing together motives for the killings of the four men, Deputy Commander Kyle Hartsock of the Albuquerque Police Department said at a news conference.In response to reporters' questions, Hartsock said sectarian animus by the suspect toward his fellow Muslim victims may have played a role in the violence. "But we're not really clear if that was the actual motive, or if it was part of a motive, or if there is just a bigger picture that we're missing," he said.The suspect has a record of criminal misdemeanours in the United States, including a case of domestic violence, over the last three or four years, Hartsock said.
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