APD: Fourth Muslim man shot to death

A crime scene photographer documents the scene in Truman Street and Grand Avenue in Albuquerque after a Muslim man was murdered late Friday night. (Liam DeBonis/Albuquerque Journal)

Another Muslim man has been shot dead – the fourth in a nine-month period and the third in the past two weeks.

The latest shooting happened late Friday night, just before midnight. An Albuquerque Police Department spokesman said officers were called to the San Mateo and Copper NE area for a shooting. When they arrived, they found a dead man.

Investigators announced on Thursday that the men were likely targeted because of their race and religion.

Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, was murdered on Nov. 7 behind the halal market he and his brother owned. Aftab Hussein, 41, was murdered on July 26 in the parking lot of his apartment complex on Rhode Island NE, near Wyoming and Copper. Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, was murdered on Aug. 1 less than a block from his apartment in a neighborhood south of the University of New Mexico.

On Saturday afternoon, APD officials held a news conference along with leaders of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the City of Albuquerque. They called on people to come forward and report suspicious activity.

Deputy head Josh Brown said the department has consulted with the Muslim community and is stepping up patrols in certain areas and establishing command posts. Several units of the department are working on the case.

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